Doctors have warned that skinny jeans can be harmful to your health in so many ways. They are responsible for icky, sweaty legs and may often be uncomfortable on the waist. Skinny jeans, skinnies, slim-fit pants, cigarette pants and drain pipes – are those popular garment that clings to your legs in a snug fit and accentuates shape.
Here are reasons why doctors believe that skinny jeans can be dangerous to your health.
Skinny Jeans & Your Health – A Case Study
Earlier in the year, a 35-year-old Australian woman experienced some health complications from wearing a pair of too-tight skinny jeans and had to be taken to the hospital, according to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.
The woman had been helping a relative move from one home to another. She had been in a squatting position for many hours, emptying cupboards and moving stuff around.
As the day passed and she continued her work, her jeans started to feel excessively uncomfortable, restrictive and tight.
When she was walking back home in the evening, she began experiencing numbness in her lower legs and feet. She also experienced bilateral foot drop, a condition in which a person is unable to lift the front of their foot off the ground and experiences extreme difficulty walking.
As a result, she tripped and fell. Unable to move her feet, ankles and legs, she laid on the ground for hours before she was discovered and taken to a hospital.
Medical Examination & Results
When the woman reached the hospital, her legs were so swollen that the jeans had to be cut off in order to be removed.
Upon examination, the doctors discovered excessive swelling of the lower legs. They found impairment of toe and ankle function along with extreme weakness in these areas. A loss of sensation on the sides of the lower legs, as well as the tops and soles of both feet, was reported.
A CT scan of the legs showed that the calf muscle appeared “hypo-attenuated”, a condition in which a part of the body appears darker in an X-ray because it has suffered a stroke or trauma and damage of some kind.
The peroneal and tibial nerves are a group of nerves that supply movement and sensation to the toes, feet, calf muscles and lower legs through electrical signals. The scan revealed these electrical signals were blocked, rendering the legs and feet numb and immobile.
A Tight Pair of Jeans – The Culprit
Maintaining a squatting position for so long, and without a break, compressed the nerves in the lower leg and severely damaged them.
Furthermore, the tight-fit, skinny jeans exacerbated the situation, allowing no room for the muscles and legs to breathe. This inhibited blood flow to the lower leg muscles, leading to extreme pressure and swelling in the muscles that further compressed the nerves.
Sometimes, surgery is the only option to relieve this extreme pressure, by cutting open the fascia tissue that acts as a protective layer over the muscles.
It took the woman four days to fully recover and walk again.
Other Health Problems
Although not as severe as nerve damage, other health complications can be caused by a pair of jeans that are just a little too tight.
1. Meralgia Paraesthetica
This condition occurs when the nerve that is responsible for supplying movement and sensation to your thigh is compressed, often because of wearing an increasingly tight pair of jeans.
It is characterized by a tingling sensation, as well as a burning and shooting pain, in the outer area of the thigh. Other symptoms include pain that extends to the knees and buttocks, as well as intensifying pain when the affected area is exposed to heat (such as a hot shower).
People diagnosed with meralgia paraesthetica frequently wore “hip-huggers” (low-waist skinny jeans) and reported tingling and burning as associated symptoms, according to a 2003 study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Symptoms may also worsen when engaging in physical activity that further strains the thighs, such as walking, jogging or running.
2. Lipoatrophia Semicircularis
Lipoatrophia semicircularis is commonly referred to as a case of “ribbed thighs”. In this condition, a person develops lesions or depressions on specific areas of the thighs.
This can occur for a variety of reasons, including wearing skinny jeans. Ribbed thighs usually develop in those area, in addition to wearing tight jeans, remain in a seated position (for example, in the workplace) for long hours.
A woman who frequently wore a tight pair of skinny jeans and worked a desk job that required her to sit for hours reported lesions in the thighs where the tight jeans exerted the maximum pressure, according to a 2008 study by Spanish Researchers.
However, you may not be restricted to wear tight or skinny jeans but putting them on for much longer hours can be very dangerous to your health.