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"Conquering IT Band Syndrome: Unveiling the Secrets to Happy Hips and Pain-Free Runs

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on IT Band Syndrome! If you're a runner or athlete who has experienced pain on the outer side of your knee, you might be familiar with this common injury. In this blog post, we will delve into the world of IT Band Syndrome, shedding light on its prevalence, root causes, effective treatments, and the supporting role of The Functional Podiatrist Clinic. Our specialised team of functional podiatrists is dedicated to helping you conquer IT Band Syndrome, promoting healthy hips and enabling pain-free runs.


Understanding IT Band Syndrome:

The IT Band, or Iliotibial Band, is a thick band of connective tissue that runs along the outside of your thigh, extending from your hip to your knee. IT Band Syndrome occurs when this band becomes irritated and inflamed, causing pain and discomfort. It is particularly prevalent among runners, cyclists, and athletes who engage in repetitive leg movements. We specialize in diagnosing and treating IT Band Syndrome, utilizing our expertise in foot and lower limb function to provide comprehensive care.


Unraveling the Root Causes:

IT Band Syndrome can have multiple root causes. Overuse and repetitive movements, such as excessive running or cycling, can lead to irritation and inflammation of the IT Band. Muscle imbalances and weaknesses, especially in the hip abductor and gluteal muscles, can contribute to the problem, but we assess all muscle lengths and strengths to ensure a full picture (often the tight adductor can be inhibiting the abductor). Additionally, biomechanical factors like poor running or walking mechanics, such as excessive pronation, can place increased stress on the IT Band. Our experienced functional podiatrists at The Functional Podiatrist are trained to analyze your gait and biomechanics to identify these root causes and develop a personalized treatment plan.


Exploring Effective Treatments:

When it comes to treating IT Band Syndrome, The Functional Podiatrist Clinic employs a comprehensive approach. Initially, we recommend resting the affected area and applying ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) to reduce inflammation and manage pain and activity modification. As experts in foot and lower limb function, we provide specialised physical therapy, including targeted stretches and exercises to improve flexibility and reduce tension in the IT Band. Moreover, our functional podiatrists excel in gait retraining, correcting biomechanical abnormalities through hands on therapy, and reducing strain on the IT Band to promote optimal recovery.


Strengthening and Conditioning for Resilient Hips:

We emphasize the importance of building strength and stability in the hips for preventing and recovering from IT Band Syndrome whilst ensuring the low limb mechanics are working well. Through our tailored treatment plans, we incorporate targeted exercises such as hip abductor strengthening exercises, lower limb movement pattens to improve hip stability and support the IT Band. Additionally, we guide you in engaging in cross-training activities and incorporating corrective exercises like foam rolling and dynamic warm-ups to maintain overall muscle balance and prevent future injuries.


The Supporting Role of Orthotics:

Orthotics play a significant role in aiding IT Band Syndrome recovery and optimizing foot and lower limb function. At The Functional Podiatrist, our experienced podiatrists are skilled in assessing your foot alignment and prescribing custom orthotics to provide proper foot alignment, support, and biomechanical correction. By correcting foot pronation or supination, orthotics help improve gait mechanics, reduce stress on the IT Band and hip joints, and promote better overall alignment, leading to improved outcomes in IT Band Syndrome management.


At The Functional Podiatrist we are is committed to helping you conquer IT Band Syndrome and achieve pain-free runs. Our specialised team offers personalised care, utilising effective treatments such as physical therapy, gait retraining, and orthotics. Trust us to guide you towards healthier hips and improved athletic performance. Schedule an appointment today and take the first step towards overcoming IT Band Syndrome.

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