This case is reported because it is somewhat of a surgical curiosity. In looking up the literature, aneurysm of the external plantar artery is found to have been reported five times.
Masson1 in 1868, Cutliffe2 in 1872, Gross3 in 1874, Johnson4 in 1874, and Gangitano5 in 1904 report each a case. There have also been reported a few cases of aneurysm of the dorsalis pedis and of the internal plantar artery. Although the plantar surface of the foot is subjected, perhaps, to more pressure than is any other part of the body, the arteries, by reason of the dense fascia and the arch of the foot, are no more exposed to traumatism than are other arteries of the extremities.
—C. L. A., a man aged 34, married, was first seen Aug. 6, 1910. He complained of continuous dull pains, worse on walking, in the
STIMSON CM, RUGH JT. ANEURYSM OF THE EXTERNAL PLANTAR ARTERY. JAMA. 1911;LVI(13):964. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560130028013