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Encyclopedia > Dorsal venous arch of the foot

The dorsal venous arch of the foot is a superficial vein that connects the small saphenous vein and the great saphenous vein. Anatomically, it is defined by where the dorsal veins of the first and fifth digit, respectively, meet the great saphenous vein and small saphenous vein. Great saphenous vein and its tributaries. ... In biology, a vein is a blood vessel which returns blood from the microvasculature to the heart. ... ...


It is usually fairly easy to palpate and visualize (if the patient is barefoot). It lies superior to the metatarsals bones approximately midway between the ankle joint and metatarsal phalangeal joints. Palpation is a method of examination in which the examiner feels the size or shape or firmness or location of something (of body parts when the examiner is a health professional). ... The metatarsus consists of the five long bones of the foot, which are numbered from the medial side (ossa metatarsalia I.-V.); each presents for examination a body and two extremities. ... Grays illustration of a human femur, a typically recognized bone. ... The metatarsus consists of the five long bones of the foot, which are numbered from the medial side (ossa metatarsalia I.-V.); each presents for examination a body and two extremities. ...


External links

  • The veins of the lower extremity, abdomen, and pelvis - Gray's Anatomy.
  • Dorsal venous arch of the foot - amershamhealth.com.
  • Great saphenous vein - Stedman's medical dictionary.
  • Small saphenous vein - Stedman's medical dictionary.

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