Iliotibial Band Syndrome is a painful condition of the knee that can sideline you from sport or even affect your daily life while going up or downstairs, walking or doing normal daily activities.
The Iliotibial Band is the tough fibrous tissue along the lateral aspect of your thigh. When it goes into spasm and becomes painful, it is referred to as IT Band Syndrome.
Classic pain associated with IT Band Syndrome is located at the lateral aspect of the knee most commonly or lateral distal aspect lower thigh. This pain increases with activity and improves with rest. IT Band Syndrome can be trigged by flattened foot arches known as excessive foot pronation.
This flattening affects directly the shinbone, causing it to rotate inward and then pulling at the knee and hip joints.
The IT Band is the victim of this movement pattern leading to pain and inflammation.
What are the treatment options?
The IT Band is very tough and fibrous and will require frequent intense stretching and strengthening of the surrounding muscles. Foam rolling techniques are particularly useful.
Painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication can be prescribed, as well as cold for short-term pain relief.
For those cases in which the IT Band Syndrome is trigged by any misalignment, anatomic or biomechanical feet defect, orthotics are a useful non- invasive solution
Localized cortisone injections may be needed in chronic cases for short-term pain relief and anti- inflammation.
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Sergio Nicolas Sardon Melo is Graduated in Podiatry by Universidad Complutense of Madrid. Graduated with Honored (Best Academic Student Award of 2006/2009 promotion) at Universidad Complutense of Madrid. College of Podiatry.
Master in Science (MSc) postgraduate degree in Human Health’s Research 2010/2011 by Universidad Complutense of Madrid. College of Podiatry.
Third Year Resident at University Podiatric Clinic. Universidad Complutense of Madrid (January 2010 – October 2012) with specializing in Diabetic Foot Unit. Universidad Complutense of Madrid.
Professional field experience in Diabetic foot and biomechanics.
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