For years now, I've struggled with IT Band issues. It usually hits me around mile 5/6 of my runs. I can feel it creeping up, and then all of a sudden, I can't go on. I've tried tape, braces, strength exercises, stretches...nothing seems to provide any lasting help.
This all started at a school festival. I had forgotten my running shoes, and being a stupid determined runner, decided to run barefoot. I can't remember if I heard any popping or snapping sound, but all of a sudden, my knee blossomed with pain. That whole week it was stiff and sore, especially first thing in the morning. I could barely walk. I took time off and let it heal, and then the recurrent IT band problems started. I've gone to a doctor before and have been perscribed meloxicam for when it flares. I do not feel the pain on a daily basis; just during runs. It almost immediately subsides when I start to walk, but after longer runs, I can usually feel it for a few days afterwards. It is also aggrevated by wearing heels (something that I now avoid).
I am wondering now if I possibly tore my IT band or something. I tried researching this online, but all the information I'm finding is for IT band syndrome. Is it possible to suddenly injure your IT band in that way? Should I see a doctor? If it is torn, what would be the protocol for fixing it?
I am desperate for relief... I am training for a half marathon and I am so frustrated. I feel like I am holding my running buddy back, and I hate feeling that pain after just a few miles.
Thanks for any help,
Answer Dear Cate,
This Orthopedic Chicago Podiatrist located in West Loop 60661,Roscoe Village 60618, Ukranian Village 60622, Elmhurst 60126 & Bartlett 60103 says...
For your IT band pain. You have aggravated the band to a point of chronic pain.It is unusual for the band to need to be fixed. Physical therapy may help. Sometimes orthotics & a gait analysis may help with any biomechanical issues. The vastus lateralus muscle from the upper leg & the peroneal longus from the lower leg also insert in that area & also may become irritated. These may also benefit from physical therapy. It really sounds like you never ler the initial injury heal. These kinds of injuries may require 3-6 weeks rest, depending on the severity of the irritation. The irritation consists of torn fibers in the IT band & or muscle. These require tincture of time to heal.
Hope this helps & Good Luck!
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