In my professional opinion no, they don't work.
Siance - dont know if you would agree, but weak glutes and hip abductors can (I think) be a cause....or at least contribute to IT band problems. THerefore work on strengthening them, and lots of stretching.
I have glutes of steel, and can crack walnus with them!
Nick L wrote (see)
Once again, pointless without a photo.
*pops head round thread*
has Nick got his nut cracker out again??
I also did the roller, ice and strengthening thing. 6 weeks with no running, a very gentle ramp back up and it worked for me. No problem with the ITB since. Although it does still get a little tight if I slacken off the exercises or stretches for a couple of weeks. I just cut back on a run or two and make sure I do the roller properly and it's fine again.
I went to see a physio recently though for an achilles problem and was told that I was a neutral runner with no underlying imbalances so no need for orthotics for me.
I would recommend trying the roller, rest etc first. If that doesn't work then go to a physio and get yourself checked over to see if there's any underlying imbalances that need further investigation.
Hope you find a solution soon.
John good luck with the advice, if it doesnt work go see a physio/osteo/ chiropracter who either runs or know about running. They can tell you if you have a long leg, unbalanced muscle problems, odd gait etc. Sorry Last Place but that method is very unreliable. Everyone has wonky shoulders as we all have a dominant side with more muscle bulk.
Good luck x
Patt Strap helped for me and made running less painful but it is not a cure.
Strengthening hip flexors and glutes seems to have solved my probelms as well as regulalr streteching and use of a foam roller to keep the band loose.
As others have mentioned your best bet is to see a physio who can find out where your problems lie. There can be lots of causes for itbs so your best off seeking professional advice.
Hi guys, i've been having similar problems since early October, think it was the culmination of increasing the intensity, and not having a great summer (in terms of getting miles under the belt). I eased off almost completely...and its not as bad as it was, although with these things paranoia, and everything gets the better of me...is it my trainers? style? just doing too much? with races in the new year fast approaching it needs to be narrowed down. Have had 2 physio sessions, and he did say it was the IT band that is definately the problem, but suggested I find the cause of theproblem before trying to do too much strengthening exercises...
Doesn't help that originally, i was told by a specialist running store that I need some stability trainer (New Balance 768s was what i used), then after running Paris in April this year i thought lets try and do some more gait analysis (maybe not a great idea) but then I was recommended to run in neutral New Balance 1076s...i'm off to the running shop today, and see if they can see anything unusual...and tell me which they think is best....hopefully they don't just try to sell me a pair of trainers.
Will also see if those orthotics make a difference...it'll be a small price to pay if it rectifys the problem, so far my winter running schedule has been non existent
thanks for the opportunity for letting me rant...
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