The first thing to do is to avoid further strain to the Iliotibial band.
One treatment that you can try at home is the R.I.C.E treatment.
- Rest the injury by cutting back on daily activities.
- Ice the injury using an ice pack for 15 minutes several times a day calms down the damaged tissue and slows down blood flow to an injury, reducing swelling, inflammation and controlling the pain.
- Compress using an elastic wrap or bandage.
- Elevate the affected limb to reduce the swelling.
If there is no improvement of your symptoms and swelling persists after 7-10 days, it is best to seek professional help. A podiatrist can provide an accurate diagnosis of your problem and offer conservative treatment options to tackle the injury.
Treatment for ITB Syndrome may include focal shockwave therapy to stimulate healing of the muscle and reduce pain. Customised orthotics may be prescribed to support your foot and prevent further aggravation of the injured area as well as to offload the area and allow for your daily activities to continue without the setback of an extended recovery time.
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