Why is My IT Band Hurting?

Why is My IT Band HurtingMany athletes experience pain in their Illiotibial band (IT band). This area is the tendon on the lateral side of your upper legs that connects the pelvic bone to the knee. This tendon tightens rubbing against the bones.

Causes of IT Band Syndrome

According to Scottsdale’s top-rated doctor, Mark Forman, DPM, MBA, FAPWCA, this syndrome occurs for several reasons, the top reason is lack of proper stretching.

Other causes include:

  • Preexisting tightness or injury.
  • Weak hip, gluteal, and abdominal muscles.
  • Walking or running uphill.
  • Long periods of time sitting.
  • Weak knee extensor, flexors, and hip abductors.
  • Consistent overuse with activities such as cycling and running.

Once again, Dr. Forman highly recommends proper stretching to combat this syndrome. We, at Put Your Feet First, are happy to show you many exercises to help you prevent the onset of IT band syndrome.

Is it Too Late?

If you are currently experiencing pain with your IT band, there are several actions you can take. Dr. Forman suggests resting and interchanging an ice pack and heat, every fifteen minutes. Additionally, there are over-the-counter medications to help reduce inflammation.
However, Dr. Mark Forman cautions his patients to not return to exercise based on feeling better due to pain relief medication. If returning to exercise too soon, the problem will reoccur quickly.
If pain continues to exist after a week or two, please visit your podiatrist. Again, Dr. Forman and his highly trained staff can help you quickly heal with the following remedies:

We at Put Your Feet First, are trained and specialized with multiple in-office treatments. Several of our treatments include MLS laser treatment (FDA-cleared), personalized orthotics, injections, and surgery.

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Please don’t continue facing pain; call us, so we can help you get back to your favorite activities pain-free.
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