Can Skinny Jeans Cause Nerve Damage?

Skinny jeans aren't just uncomfortable, they can actually cause muscle damage. An article in the _Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry reports _how an Australian woman experienced such severe muscle damage in her legs after squatting for hours in skinny jeans that she couldn’t walk. She ultimately spent four days in the hospital recoverng.

The 35-year-old woman reported weakness and numbness in her ankles after helping a relative move the day before. The moving required her to squat for extended periods. The woman reported increasing discomfort throughout the day and on her walk home, her feet became numb. The woman eventually fell and could not stand up. She was discovered lying on the ground hours later.

When she got to the hospital, her jeans had to be cut off of her because her calves were so swollen. She could not move her ankles or toes and her lower legs and feet were numb. Doctors determined that the muscle and nerve fibers in her lower legs were damaged due to compression from squatting in her tight, skinny jeans.

The report's authors noted that generally wearing skinny jeans is not dangerous, but that did advise that people wearing them avoid squatting for long periods of time.

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