Arcuate artery

  • The arcuate artery (latin: arteria arcuata) is a branch of the dorsalis pedis artery.

    The arcuate artery arises near the medial cuneiform, passes laterally from the first interosseous space to the bases of the fourth lateral metatarsal bones, beneath the tendons of the extensor digitorum brevis muscle and gives off the second, third, fourth dorsal metatarsal arteries, which run to the interosseous spaces, where each metatarsal artery divides into two dorsal digital arteries.

    The arcuate artery supplies blood to the adjoining muscles, metatarsal bones and toes.