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Although posterior tibialis pulses may be congenitally absent, the absence of a dorsalis pedis pulse is associated with a 6-fold increased risk of foot ulcer.
During the initial assessment, the nurse notes that her right lower leg is red, warm to the touch, mildly edematous, with a strong posterior tibial pulse but a barely palpable dorsalis pedis pulse. Mrs.
We could feel a popliteal pulse in both legs, but could not feel a right dorsalis pedis pulse.