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Jun 19, 2023

If you haven’t heard yet, we have a new advanced treatment option at Kalamazoo Podiatry in our Kalamazoo office. That new treatment is EMTT. If you’ve been curious about EMTT and want to learn more about this innovative treatment, you’ve come to the right place. 

In this blog, we address some of the most common questions surrounding EMTT and provide you with valuable insights and a deeper understanding of this cutting-edge therapy. Whether you’re considering EMTT as a potential treatment option or simply seeking more information, join us as we explore the FAQs and shed light on this exciting new treatment!

What is EMTT?

Extracorporeal Magnetotransduction Therapy (EMTT) is a type of magnetic therapy our team at Kalamazoo Podiatry is proud to offer patients at our Kalamazoo office. EMTT is a safe, non-invasive way to treat acute and chronic foot pain. It treats injuries (including sports injuries) and relieves pain, inflammation, and discomfort caused by degenerative joint disease and other musculoskeletal diseases.

Also known as Magnetolith therapy, EMTT is a new and revolutionary outpatient procedure that is being used extensively in the sports industry. Professional and college athletes benefit from EMTT when sports injuries threaten to place them on the sidelines rather than in the game. 

EMTT has been approved by the FDA. When used in the clinical setting, this procedure has proven powerful and effective; many patients find that their foot pain has decreased after only a few sessions.

How Does EMTT Work?

EMTT is painless and involves no discomfort during or after the procedure. The duration of each session is approximately 10-15 minutes. Treatment sessions are scheduled once or twice a week, depending on your injury or condition. 

Dr. Bredeweg will position the electromagnetic therapy machine above the affected area during your treatment session. He will ask that you relax and remain still. You will remain fully clothed during the treatment, and the applicator will never touch your skin.

The state-of-the-art machine delivers extremely high oscillating frequencies that generate high-energy magnetic pulses. These magnetic pulses penetrate nervous tissues, bones, tendons, and muscles that lie beneath the surface of the skin. The pulses travel deep enough to access difficult-to-reach areas and when they do, they generate a cellular response from your body. 

By synchronizing with your body’s own magnetic fields and causing a disturbance, EMTT electromagnetically induces biological effects that reduce swelling, improve circulation, and encourage cellular regeneration. This response at the cellular level promotes healing, lessens your foot pain, and improves your mobility. 

What Conditions Does EMTT Treat?

EMTT was developed in Europe with the purpose of addressing sports injuries and degenerative joint diseases. It also provides effective pain management for both acute and chronic conditions. EMTT is especially effective for the following:


Arthritis can be debilitating, especially in the feet and ankles. EMTT’s pulses help stimulate the healing process and reduce pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Dr. Bredeweg will use the EMTT to target the affected joints, promoting tissue regeneration and improving joint mobility. People dealing with arthritic flare-ups, especially rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis, respond very favorably to this treatment.

With its non-surgical and drug-free approach, EMTT offers a safe and effective alternative for individuals seeking relief from foot and ankle arthritis. By harnessing the power of magnetic energy, EMTT provides a new avenue for managing arthritis symptoms and improving overall foot and ankle health.

Sports Injuries

Sports injuries range from mild to severe. Athletes find it frustrating when sports injuries prevent them from participating in their chosen sport. EMTT accelerates the healing process so athletes can return to sport safely and confidently.

Overuse Injuries

Many overuse injuries can cause foot and ankle pain. Examples of two common overuse injuries include Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. EMTT repairs damaged tissue and relieves foot and ankle pain associated with these and other overuse injuries.

Pain Management

EMTT makes your foot pain more manageable after only a few sessions. The high-energy magnetic pulses reduce inflammation and swelling. You should notice an improvement in your symptoms and increased functionality in your feet and ankles.

Are There Any Side Effects in EMTT?

EMTT is a largely risk-free procedure when performed by a qualified medical professional. Minimal to no discomfort or side effects have been reported when patients undergo this evidence-based procedure. Since it is so well-tolerated and effective, EMTT serves as an excellent non-surgical treatment option for foot pain. It is also ideal for patients with low pain tolerance. 

Are EMTT Treatments Painful?

One of the advantages of EMTT treatments is that they are generally considered to be painless or minimally uncomfortable. EMTT utilizes electromagnetic pulses to stimulate targeted tissues, promoting healing and regeneration. During the treatment session, you may experience a mild sensation of tapping or vibration in the treated area, but it should not be painful.

The intensity of the sensations during EMTT can vary depending on individual sensitivity and the specific treatment area. However, the therapy is typically well-tolerated by most patients. The level of discomfort experienced is generally minimal and temporary, subsiding once the treatment session is complete.

It’s important to communicate any discomfort or concerns you may have with Dr. Bredeweg. He can adjust the settings or provide additional support to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. Overall, the non-invasive nature of EMTT treatments and the minimal discomfort associated with them make it a favorable option for many individuals.

Magnetolith treatments for foot and ankle injuries

Are You Ready to Try EMTT?

In this post, we sought to answer the most frequent questions we get on EMTT. However, there are always more questions to answer. If you have any questions or concerns about EMTT and side effects—or any other inquiries about EMTT that Dr. Bredeweg can answer—please feel free to contact our offices. 

We always want to make you feel as comfortable during your session as possible and want you to feel confident throughout your treatment plan with us, whether that includes EMTT or not. If you are interested in EMTT treatments, it is only located at our Kalamazoo office, which you can reach at 269-373-1019. You can also reach out to us online by filling out our contact form and a member of our staff will call you as soon as possible. 

It’s time to find relief for your foot and ankle pain, and EMTT might just help you get it faster than before!

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