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Is Your Fashion of Choice Hazardous to Your Health?

Doctors warn against the potential dangers of wearing skinny jeans: Don't squat, or bend.

By Milton Bertrand

Health care professionals are warning against the potential danger of skinny jeans. Skinny jeans may help you look slimmer; however, skinny jeans may damage your nerves a condition called Meralgia paresthetica.

According to definition provided by Mayo Clinic Staff, "Meralgia paresthetica is a condition characterized by tingling, numbness and burning pain in your outer thigh. The cause of meralgia paresthetica is compression of the nerve that supplies sensation to the skin surface of your thigh.

Tight clothing, obesity or weight gain, and pregnancy are common causes of meralgia paresthetica. However, meralgia paresthetica can also be due to local trauma or a disease, such as diabetes.

In most cases, meralgia paresthetica can be relieved with conservative measures, such as wearing looser clothing. In severe cases, treatment may include medications to relieve discomfort or, rarely, surgery".

According to a case study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, an unidentified 35-year-old Australian woman who was wearing “skinny jeans” showed up at hospital with ankle weakness and swelling in her lower legs; the woman told doctors she had been helping a family member move, which led to hours of squatting to clean out cupboards. Based on her recollection, “her jeans had felt increasingly tight and uncomfortable during the day”.

Doctors from the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide, Australia said as the woman walked home her legs became so numb that at one point she tripped and fell and for hours she was unable to get up on her own until help arrived. Doctors had to cut her jeans off because they were so tight. They found that she had severe weakness in her ankles because her leg nerves had been damaged. The woman spent four days at the hospital. 

In conclusion, wearers of skinny jeans don't squat, or bend while wearing skinny jeans at least not for long. They might not directly pinch the nerves in your legs but they can make the condition worse enough to numb your feet and require several days in the hospital.

About Milton Bertrand:
Milton is a STEM advocate and a fellow Geazler. His passion for STEM fields extends way back to his early childhood when his curiosity led him to reverse engineer his toys and tinker with many types of experiments. Currently, Milton is working on the stimulation of STEM to raise awareness regarding the importance of these disciplines