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Vascular Dorsal View in Podiatry

Vascular Dorsal View in Podiatry


The vascular dorsal view in podiatry refers to the examination and understanding of the blood vessels located on the top (dorsal) surface of the foot. This view is crucial in diagnosing and treating various foot conditions and diseases.

Anatomy of the Dorsal Foot

Dorsal Skin

The skin on the dorsal surface of the foot is thinner and more delicate compared to other areas of the foot. It is important to assess the skin for any signs of discoloration, ulcers, or wounds as these may indicate underlying vascular issues.


The muscles on the dorsal foot are responsible for various movements and functions. These include the extensor digitorum brevis, extensor hallucis brevis, and tibialis anterior. Proper blood supply to these muscles is essential for their optimal functioning and overall foot health.

Vascular Structures on the Dorsal Foot

Dorsalis Pedis Artery

The dorsalis pedis artery is a major blood vessel that runs along the dorsal surface of the foot. It supplies blood to the toes and plays a crucial role in maintaining adequate circulation in the foot. Any blockages or abnormalities in this artery can lead to reduced blood flow and potential complications.

Arcuate Artery

The arcuate artery is another important blood vessel found on the dorsal foot. It runs transversely across the metatarsal bones and connects with the plantar arch. This artery helps in supplying blood to the metatarsal heads and plays a role in maintaining proper foot function.

Dorsal Metatarsal Arteries

The dorsal metatarsal arteries are a network of small blood vessels that supply blood to the metatarsal bones and surrounding tissues. These arteries are crucial for ensuring proper oxygenation and nutrition to the foot structures.

Dorsal Venous Network

The dorsal venous network consists of a network of veins that drain blood from the dorsal surface of the foot. These veins play a role in returning deoxygenated blood back to the heart. Proper functioning of the dorsal venous network is essential for maintaining healthy blood circulation.

Importance in Podiatry

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a condition that affects the blood vessels outside the heart and brain. The vascular dorsal view is crucial in diagnosing and monitoring PAD in the feet. By assessing the blood flow and detecting any abnormalities or blockages in the dorsal arteries, podiatrists can provide appropriate treatment and preventive measures.

Diabetic Foot Complications

Diabetes can lead to various foot complications, including poor circulation and nerve damage. The vascular dorsal view helps in evaluating the blood supply to the feet of diabetic patients. By identifying any vascular issues early on, podiatrists can implement interventions to prevent serious complications such as foot ulcers and infections.

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