Be careful, a recent study has shown that wearing skinny jeans can cause some serious problems, such as nerve damage in your lower legs. But, you shouldn’t be worried if you don’t spend your day in a squatting position. According to an article, which was published by the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, a group of doctors have told the cautionary tale of a 35 year old woman who end up paralyzed on the ground, unable to get up. This happened after she spent the whole day in skinny jeans, while helping her friend to move out. This woman, who wished to stay anonymous, said that her jeans felt a bit tight when she pulled them on in the morning.
However, this event occurred after she spent hours in squatting position while emptying boxes and packing things. Then she noticed that her legs feel tight and uncomfortable. When she went home later that day, she couldn’t move her feet properly, so she tripped and fell on the ground. She was found after few hours on the ground and brought to hospital. The doctors saw that her both legs were so swollen below the knee, so they had to cut off the jeans off her. She was treated with fluids, and it took 4 days to use her legs normally again.
The doctor explained that the squatting and the skinny jeans have caused this problem, it lead to compression of the peroneal nerves, a set of nerves near the knee joint. In this situation, the woman’s calf muscles responded to the lack of blood by swelling. And because she was wearing skinny jeans, her muscles swelled towards the inside, causing another set of nerves to be compressed and to cut off the supply to all the muscles. He also said that there are no previous reports of this kind of condition. The woman was treated with IV fluids, because the muscle damage has caused breakdown of muscle fibers, and it could have led to kidney damage if she wasn’t treated with IV hydration.
So, the takeaway from the study is that people should not squat for a long time, especially while wearing skinny jeans. If you are doing a job that requires a lot of squatting, you should take the skinny jeans off and put on some loose pants instead.