Dealing with Runner’s Knee

With summer here and the race season in full swing, the knee is a common site of pain and injuries for both runner’s and athletes. There are many factors that can cause knee pain, with Iliotibial Band Syndrome (runner’s knee) being one of the most common issues. 

Iliotibial Band Syndrome is an overuse injury characterized by pain on the outer side of the knee, caused by constant friction of the iliotibial band at the lower end of the thigh bone (near the outer aspect of the knee joint). 

Iliotibial Band Syndrome is an injury caused by repetitive actions, especially in those with flat or flexible feet. It is common in long-distance runners, cyclists and other athletes, as well as military personnel.

Orthotics can be beneficial in correcting contributing lower limb biomechanical issues. We also recommend a comprehensive rehabilitation program designed to improve mobility at the joint and strengthen weak hip abductors and knee stabilizers. If you suspect you have Iliotibial Band Syndrome, in addition to other treatments, a pair of custom-made orthotics can help heal and prevent future issues.

If you’re having problems with ITB Syndrome call (07) 3823 5423 to book an appointment with one of our podiatrists.