Podiatry Glossary D
Dermal ridges - ridges of the
skin produced by the projecting papillae
of the corium on the palm of the hand
and sole of the foot, producing a
fingerprint and footprint characteristic
of the individual; called also dermal
Dextrality - the
preferential use, in voluntary motor
acts, of the right member of the major
paired organs of the body, as the right
eye, hand, or foot.
- the presence of only two digits on a
hand or foot.
Digital ray - a
digit of the hand or foot and
corresponding metacarpal or metatarsal
bone, regarded as a continuous unit.
Dorsalis pedis pulse - the pulse
felt on the top of the foot, between the
first and second metatarsal bones. In 8
to 10 per cent of the population this
pulse cannot be detected.