Iliotibial band syndrome

Iliotibial Band SyndromeIliotibial band syndrome results in pain on the outside (lateral) side of the knee and hip. The iliotibial band is a very thick, tough band of connective tissue which runs from the outside of the hip, along the outside of the thigh and inserts into the outside of the knee. It’s job is to rotate and move the thigh outwards.

Poor foot posture such as excess foot pronation (flat feet, pes plauns) or foot supination (pes cavus, high arch) as well as changes to the position of the pelvis (pelvic tilt) can produce restrictions in the iliotibial band, which will build over a period of time from repetitive loading, and eventually lead to pain and discomfort.

It is a common misconception that iliotibial band syndrome will resolve by simply stretching the iliotibial band because the band is extremely tough and cannot stretch.

It is important to stretch out the hip and surrounding muscles, to improve gluteal and core muscle strength, and to correct poor foot posture in order to reduce the pain associated with iliotibial band syndrome.

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