Though we’ve spent years ogling over and enjoying skinny jeans, the medical community seems to think the days of skin-tight jeans could be drawing to a close.
A 35 year old Australian woman had to take a trip to the emergency room when she experienced painful swelling in her legs after a day spent helping a friend move. Hours of squatting and standing wasn’t comfortable for her, but it was made only worse when she got home and realized that she was almost entirely numb from the waist down. By the time she arrived in doctor’s care, all they could do to relieve the pressure was slice off her jeans.
Further tests showed signs of permanent nerve damage, and the report from the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry said “The wearing of ‘skinny’ jeans had likely potentiated the tibial neuropathies by causing a compartment syndrome as the lower leg swelled.” Tibial neuropathies is as bad as it sounds, as it means that permanent damage has been done to the tibial and sciatic nerves in the legs.
Fortunately, after a few days of recovery, the patient is said to have regained feeling in her legs and the ability to walk, but this isn’t the first time tight pants have caused health problems in young women, and it’s probably not the last time these issues will bring the discussion about how healthy tight clothes actually around.
In the mean time, we recommend that if you’re going to be lifting or squatting, you do it in yoga pants. We’re not doctors, but we think this sounds like a great idea.