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Plantar Metatarsal Arteries (Right)
Cardiovascular System

Plantar Metatarsal Arteries (Right)

Arteriae metatarseae plantares

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There are four plantar metatarsal arteries that arise from the plantar arch and are numbered sequentially from the first to fourth plantar metatarsal arteries. A fifth plantar metatarsal artery arises from the lateral plantar artery and is named the plantar metatarsal branch of the lateral plantar artery (Netter, 2011). It runs along the lateral aspect of the fifth metatarsal.


The plantar metatarsal arteries course distally, on the plantar side of the plantar interossei in the intermetatarsal space.


The plantar metatarsal arteries give rise to the common plantar digital arteries.

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The plantar metatarsal arteries provide an arterial supply to the plantar aspect of the foot and digits.


Netter, F. H. (2011) Atlas of Human Anatomy. Netter Basic Science Series: Saunders/Elsevier.

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When the artery is occluded blood is forced through the collateral vessels, drastically increasing fluid shear stress and triggering an inflammatory response which drives vessel remodeling.

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