- Lateral plantar artery
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Latin = a. plantaris lateralis
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Caption = The plantar arteries. Deep view. (Lateral plantar visible at center top.)
posterior tibial artery
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The lateral plantar artery (external plantar artery), much larger than the medial, passes obliquely lateralward and forward to the base of the fifth
It then turns medialward to the interval between the bases of the first and second metatarsal bones, where it unites with the deep plantar branch of the
dorsalis pedis artery, thus completing the plantar arch.
As this artery passes lateralward, it is first placed between the
calcaneusand Abductor hallucis, and then between the Flexor digitorum brevisand Quadratus plantæas it runs forward to the base of the little toeit lies more superficially between the Flexor digitorum brevisand Abductor digiti quinti, covered by the plantar aponeurosisand integument.
The remaining portion of the vessel is deeply situated; it extends from the base of the fifth metatarsal bone to the proximal part of the first interosseous space, and forms the plantar arch; it is convex forward, lies below the bases of the second, third, and fourth metatarsal bones and the corresponding
Interossei, and upon the oblique part of the Adductor hallucis.
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