General Anatomy > Cardiovascular system > Arteries > Aorta > Descending aorta > Common iliac artery > External iliac artery > Femoral artery > Popliteal artery > Posterior tibial artery > Lateral plantar artery > Deep plantar arch > Plantar metatarsal arteries
The Plantar Metatarsal Arteries (aa. metatarseæ plantares; digital branches) are four in number, and run forward between the metatarsal bones and in contact with the Interossei. Each divides into a pair of plantar digital arteries which supply the adjacent sides of the toes.
Near their points of division each sends upward an anterior perforating branch to join the corresponding dorsal metatarsal artery.
The first plantar metatarsal artery (arteria princeps hallucis) springs from the junction between the lateral plantar and deep plantar arteries and sends a digital branch to the medial side of the first toe. The digital branch for the lateral side of the fifth toe arise from the lateral plantar artery near the base of the fifth metatarsal bone.