Arteries and Veins of the Leg

  • Like in the arm, the deep, muscular arteries of the leg travel together, but the superficial veins are unpaired and variable in course.
  • The legs receive blood from the terminal branches of the aorta, the iliac arteries. Branches supply the muscles of the thigh, and the name of the artery changes as it passes certain landmarks.
  • The major vessels trifurcate behind the knee, dividing into the anterior and posterior tibial arteries and the peroneal artery, all of which travel toward the feet supplying the muscles and other tissues along the way.
  • As in the arm, there are connective vascular arches in the foot supplying collateral circulation.

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