I'm currently training for a marathon and have over the last week developed symptoms that seem to indicate ITBS
It started on Tuesday I only did just over 3 miles but I could feel a slight niggling and clicking sensation in the outside of the knee, same happened on Wednesday.
On Friday i went out set for a 9 mile run, I was going a bit faster than earlier in the week and didn't feel any problems until at 7 miles I had to stop and redo my lace. When I tried to run again after the stop I had really sharp pain in my knee when i tried to bend it and I couldn't run!
I had no pain on walking though so I strided home and kept trying to run, after about 100m the pain had subsided and I ran home pain free
On saturday I ran 19 miles, again there was no pain whilst running but when I had to stop to cross roads etc... I had the same stabbing pain in the outside of my knee when i tried to start off again, which again gradually subsided!
Does this sound like ITBS or something else? I have had new shoes 5 weeks ago (wondering if they could be the problem) and I wear orthotics, I have had video gait analysis that shows a neutral gait. It is very hilly where I live but this hasn't caused problems before!
It is aching when I bend it walking today so obviously getting worse
Buy a pattsrap or Chopat strap to put on when you try to start up again.
I had this trouble 6 weeks before my first marathon, and got round run/ walking , wearing a chopat strap, having spent most of the preceding month pool running, or run/ walking.
I finished in 4:20
It was my shoes- overly controlling.
I was going to post a very similar message!
I've got less than 5 weeks to my marathon (I'm in NZ and running the Rotorua Marathon on May 1). My training has been going great until yesterday when at home I noticed my knee was a bit sore (no run on Sunday and the previous day was only a 10km as it's a recovery week).
I got up this morning for a tempo run and didn't even make it out of the door as my knee was constantly clicking. Went back to bed. It's still sore now as I type this.
I'll take a look at the foam roller exercises as I have a roller at home (usually use it on my shins and calves).
I have my fingers crossed for us both!
That's great news Touie2 - very pleased for you.
I'm suffering a bit with ITBs - having picked it up 1.5 weeks ago.
Physio recommended ibuprofen regularly, lots and lots of stretching & 5 days off running.. I've got some volerol myself - how often did you use it out of interest?
Ileotibial band syndrome is common in runners, I arises when the ITB rubbs across the lateral femoral epicondyle about a hands breadth above where it attaches to the shin bone (Gurdys Tubercle). Constant rubbing causes a bursitis (inflammation of the sac between the tendon and the epicondyle). Stretching the ITB, fascia lata and the TFL muscle unit takes some of the pressure off the ITB. Changing insoles can have a similar effect. The first course of action is to confirm the diagnosis. History, Examination and occasionally special investigations. Treatment is conservative or conservative. Run if anyone offers you surgery. I try physiotherapy or SMT for my patietns with a 2 week course of NSAIDS.
As a final treatment (if all else fails and the VLM is calling) I offer an aspiration and injection of cortisone (did one last night for a patient). THis usually works really well.
Hope this helps.
JC_Runner wrote (see)
I put some on in the morning, at lunch (I have lunch at home each day) and again in the evening.
I did wear different orthotics when I ran yesterday so that might have made a difference too!
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