Are these symptoms of the infamous IT Band injury?

I was just reading the question about the IT band strain. I have a soreness that is right at the bottom of my right calf. It is a lingering soreness. It typically does not bother me while I am running, but afterward it tightens up a lot. I have one of those roller muscle relaxers, but I cannot get my wife to use it on me. Is that the infamous IT Band injury? I too have been wearing consistent good shoes (ASICS). But I do have some back pain too. - Mike

Hey Mike,
I agree that it always seems to feel better when some one is willing provide a massage vs. doing it myself, but you can still benefit by using your "roller muscle relaxer" on yourself especially if you are working on your legs. When I use mine, I find that it helps me to find the "pressure point", and then I work deeper with my fingers. Try using it on your hip flexors and along the outside of your leg especially if you are concerned about a possible IT Band strain.

Stretch your calves, hamstrings, hip flexors and IT Bands as often throughout the day as possible. I would also suggest alternating ice and heat on areas where you are experiencing pain. You may also want to try taking a few days off.

I agree that ASICS makes some some great shoes, but if they are worn out and/or are not the right shoe for your foot type and gait, this could be a potential problem. If you have not already, consider stopping into any RF so that we can provide an in-person (always better) evaluation and take a look at the shoes in which you have been running.

If none of the above provides any relief, you might want to consult a medical professional.

Tracey Cohen
Running Fit Novi

Hi Mike,
The injury/soreness you are encountering is most likely not IT band related. It sounds like a problem with tight gastrocnemius/soleus, aka calf muscles. That is not to say you may not have a tight IT Band, as this is a common problem area for runners. It would be beneficial for you to have your wife massage your calves after runs. Perhaps you need to up the ante, promise her a foot massage in return or jewelry--or just call a massage therapist-heck, I happen to be one! :)

Robin
Running Fit West Bloomfield

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