Can Skinny Jeans Land You in the Hospital?

posted: 06/23/15
by: Mara Betsch
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Fashion blogs claim that super skinny jeans are on their way out, and after you read this alarming story, you may consider retiring your own slim-fit pants.

According to NPR, recently a 35-year-old Australian woman was taken to the hospital for complications due to skinny jeans. While helping her family move, she was squatting and emptying cupboards for hours. Though she grew more and more uncomfortable as the day went on, it wasn't until she walked home that disaster struck. Her feet became increasingly numb, and she fell to the ground, unable to move. Thankfully she was found a few hours later and taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

First responders had to cut off her jeans, because her legs had become so swollen. Doctors ran a few tests, which revealed that she had little to no strength in her ankles and feet and muscle damage in her calves. As doctors struggled to determine what caused her issues, they noticed nerve damage in her lower leg. And what causes nerve damage? Pressure!

A report in the journal Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry claimed "The wearing of 'skinny' jeans had likely potentiated the tibial neuropathies by causing a compartment syndrome as the lower leg swelled." Compartment syndrome is a condition that occurs when pressure builds up inside an enclosed space in the body, like a group of organs or muscles, preventing blood flow to that area. Usually caused by injury, it can lead to permanent muscle and nerve damage if not treated properly.

Luckily for this Aussie lady, she was able to walk after a few days in the hospital on intravenous fluids.

Though her story is pretty crazy, this isn't the first time skinny jeans have been accused of being a health hazard -- in 2012, a British study found that one in 10 men have discomfort due to wearing tight jeans. And half of those men reported problems with their groin!

So maybe it's time to hop on the boyfriend jean trend?