Poor circulation can represent serious problems with either your arteries or veins. Poor circulation is often called peripheral artery disease (PAD) and atherosclerosis. PAD is a narrowing of the arteries while atherosclerosis is the stiffening of the arteries and vessels due to plaque buildup. Over time, this can cause your legs and feet to experience numbness, tingling, tissue damage, nerve damage and even amputation. Early detection and intervention are essential. Dr. Bill Releford can monitor the condition of the patient’s feet during the treatment of the problem causing the poor circulation. If the situation worsens, then proper care is provided early enough for better recovery. The Releford Foot and Ankle Institute can evaluate both arteries as well as veins to determine where the symptoms are coming from. Dr. Releford uses his patented technique involving stem cells that release powerful growth factors to regrow new blood vessels. Patients that are not candidates for aggressive revascularization procedures may find that aspects of regenerative medicine may be excellent alternatives to a high level lower extremity amputation.