Dorsalis pedis artery  
anterior view
  • The dorsalis pedis artery is a continuation of the anterior tibial artery (name changes when anterior tibial crosses the ankle joint).

  • The dorsalis pedis artery gives off two tarsal branches (medial and lateral) as it travels superior to the tarsal bones (not labeled on the diagram).

  • The pulse of dorsalis pedis can be felt by compressing the artery against the tarsal bones - specifically between the tendons of extensor hallucis longus and extensor digitorum longus.

  • Near the tarsometatarsal joint, the dorsalis pedis artery gives rise to the arcuate artery that can be compared to the dorsal carpal arch of the hand. The arcuate artery has three dorsal metatarsal arteries, which divide into dorsal digital arteries.

  • The dorsalis pedis artery gives rise to the first dorsal metatarsal artery directly; it then travels deep into the sole of the foot as the deep plantar artery.