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On the one hand, skinny jeans are my go-to style; flattering, easy-to-wear and they won’t betray you if you haven’t had time to wash them that week. However if we’re being honest, they’re not always all that comfortable – and good luck to you if you need to bend down and touch your toes.
And it’s more than just trivial complaints – I know of one woman who didn’t wear skinny jeans at all for 10 years because of how restricting they were, while another has actually stopped wearing jeans to work because they were giving her such chronic stomach pains when she sat down.
Still, that pales in comparison to the recent experience of one Adelaide woman, who was hospitalised for four days after her skinny jeans impaired her ability to walk.
The 35 year-old had been squatting and lifting boxes all day helping a relative move house and found her jeans felt increasingly uncomfortable during the day, according to a report published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. (Post continues after gallery.)
Live Science reports that as she was walking home, her feet started feeling numb and she tripped and fell. Unable to get up, she spent hours lying on the ground before she was found and taken to hospital.
Her calves were so swollen that doctors had to cut her jeans off her.
“We believe it was the combination of squatting and tight jeans that caused the problem,” said Dr Thomas Kimber, of the Royal Adelaide Hospital who treated the woman.
Test revealed she had almost no muscle strength in her ankles and toes and the jeans had likely reduced the supply of the blood flowing to the muscles in her legs, which then caused the muscles to swell and the nerves to compress.
“The wearing of ‘skinny’ jeans had likely affected the tibial neuropathies by causing a compartment syndrome (a surgical emergency when things are wrapped too tightly) as the lower leg swelled,” the report said.
In some cases, the swelling of compartment syndrome can lead to permanent muscle and nerve damage, or even amputation.
Luckily, this didn't happen to the 35 year-old, who after four days in the hospital on intravenous fluids regained her ability to walk, but it does throw up some worrying concerns. Are skinny jeans really a health risk? And is there a chance this could happen to me?