If you are in enough pain to where a strap, you need to get it checked out, unless your doc or a physical therapist recommended wearing one. If that is the case, I would most definitely talk to either one.
If you are wearing a strap without medical advice, it may actually create another issue along your kinetic chain so that when you are not wearing the strap you could have issues elsewhere.
Remember the source of many of our pains is not the cause of the pain.
I thought some of the veteran runners here might be able to offer some advice!
I started running four months ago and ran too many miles two weekends ago, straining my IT band to the point that I couldn't walk up or down stairs without tears in my eyes. Waited a week and did a shorter run that had to be cut short due to the pain coming back (though not quite so bad). I know stretching/rest is the only sure-fire way to heal it, so I ordered a foam roller and an IT band strap for use when I run. I plan on starting a stretching regime to help SOLVE the problem, but in the mean time:
1) should I wear the strap all the time or only when I run? (stairs still hurt a little) 2) if there's no pain when I run with the strap on, is it safe to keep doing minimal 3-4 mile runs? (I was doing 5-7. I know your fitness base dissipates very quickly when you're this new to a sport and don't want to lose the small base I have.)
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