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IT Band Syndrome

by Deb
(Vermont)

I suffer from IT Band Syndrome on my left leg while running. I recently heard that while running downhill if I run sideways down the hill this can help alleviate the problem.

Any truth to this?

If true which leg should be first down the hill?





Answer by Dominique:


Hi Deb,
Thanks for your running injury question. Iliotibial Band Syndrome is irritating, to say the least. I had a few issues with it last year.

I hadn't heard about this sideway running down hills. Hills can definitely aggravate the issue, so I would say avoid hills as much as you can. I can imagine though that if you run sideways with your good leg first, that you would stretch the painful ITB as little as possible, so I can see some truth in this statement. Don't expect to set any world records running that way though!

Stay away from the hills and ice the ITB regularly.

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Best of luck with the running injury, I hope you will see some improvement soon!

Kind regards,
Dominique


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