First dorsal metatarsal artery

The first dorsal metatarsal artery is a small artery on the back of the foot. It runs forward on the first interosseous dorsalis muscle, and at the cleft between the great and second toes divides into two branches, one of which passes beneath the tendon of the extensor hallucis longus muscle, and is distributed to the medial border of the great toe; the other bifurcates to supply the adjoining sides of the great and second toes.

First dorsal metatarsal artery
Anterior tibial and dorsalis pedis arteries. (First dorsal metatarsal artery not labeled, but visible at bottom right.)
LatinArteria dorsalis hallucis
Anatomical terminology

See also


  • Lee J, Dauber W (1997). "Anatomic study of the dorsalis pedis-first dorsal metatarsal artery". Ann Plast Surg. 38 (1): 50–5. doi:10.1097/00000637-199701000-00010. PMID 9015540.
  • This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 637 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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