If you like your jeans to be skinny, think again! According to health experts, wearing skinny jeans for extended perods of time is linked to muscle and nerve damage – particularly if your job involves squatting a lot in those jeans.
Associate Professor Thomas Edmund Kimber, of the University of Adelaide in South Australia, said: “The present case represents a new neurological complication of wearing tight jeans.”
Doctors explained the case of a 35-year-old woman who collapsed and then spent several hours lying on the ground outside, unable to move, before spending four days in hospital.
The case study, which is published online in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, said she had spent the previous day helping a relative move house, and had spent a number of hours squatting as she emptied cupboards.
She had also been wearing tight skinny jeans and recalled that they had felt increasingly tight and uncomfortable as the day wore on.
Later that evening, she experienced numbness in her feet and found it difficult to walk, which caused her to trip and fall. Unable to get up, she was forced to spend several hours lying on the ground before she was found.
Shockingly, the woman’s calves had become so swollen that her jeans had to be cut off her and she could not move her ankles or toes properly and had lost feeling in her lower legs and feet.
Doctors found she had damaged muscle and nerve fibres in her lower legs as a result of prolonged compression while squatting, which they believed her tight jeans had made worse.
Doctors explained that skinny jeans might look fashionable and trendy but it might just be giving you ‘compartment syndrome’, or reduced blood supply to the leg muscles, causing swelling of the muscles and compression of the adjacent nerves, they said.
She was put on an intravenous drip and was only able to walk unaided after four days.
Doctors said previous side-effects of wearing skinny jeans have been limited to lesions of the thigh, and this was the most serious incident they had heard of.