Iliotibial Band Syndrome
The illiotibial band (IT band) is the length of tissue on the outside of the thigh that runs from the side of the pelvis across the hip and connects to the outside of the knee.
Illiotibial band syndrome can arise from over training but it is also connected to the structure of the foot and a difference in limb lengths (limb length discrepancy).
Symptoms of Iliotibial Band Syndrome
With Illiotibial band syndrome this length of tissue is tight and can become inflamed around the knee area which can be quite painful. Often people with this condition complain of shooting pains around the hip or the knee.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome treatment
Once a gait analysis has been made to assess the way you walk or run has been completed the Podiatrist may prescribe orthotics (either custom or off the shelf) to correct the structure and alignment of the foot which will reduce the stress on the IT band and lessen the pain. They may also use manipulation and mobilisation techniques to loosen out the illiotibial band and show you exercises and stretches to keep the IT band loose. Our podiatrists can also advise you on your footwear and your training regime so that you avoid putting yourself in danger of developing illiotibial band syndrome again.
The treatment offered by our Podiatrist will depend on the cause of illiotibial syndrome in the first place. Once this is determined, a specific treatment plan will be outlined in order to reduce pain in the area.
Our Podiatrists are fully qualified and have extensive experience in the treatment of IT band and its related conditions, so you can be confident of the treatment you are provided.