A 35 year-old woman from Australia had to be hospitalized and spent four days in a hospital after collapsing on the sidewalk due to a cut in blood flow caused by her tight-fitting skinny jeans. The woman said she had been wearing the denims several hours that day while helping a relative move furniture around the house.
Doctors reported that the woman displayed damage in her calf muscles, ankles and total nerve blockages in both her legs. After literally crawling to the hospital, ER medics had to cut her out of the denims because her legs were so swollen there was no other solution around.
“We were surprised that this patient had such severe damage to her nerves and muscles,”
Dr. Thomas Kimber at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia told reporters.
Doctors explained that squatting for long periods of time around her relative’s house in skinny jeans caused her rhabdomyolysis and peroneal and tibial neuropathies. The woman, whose name wasn’t made public, said that she felt her jeans becoming increasingly tighter as hours went by.
But while she was heading home, she felt her legs numb and suddenly collapsed and couldn’t get back on her feet. She recalls spending hours outside before calling a cab and virtually crawling to it.
Dr. Kimber and his team published a paper on the odd case June 22 in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.
Researchers acknowledge that there are other cases related to skinny jeans causing nerve damage in the groin but no other case displayed the severe muscle lesions they saw in the Australian woman.
Doctors explained that prolonged squatting worsened the woman’s condition because it compressed the nerves in the calf. This led to a cut in the blood supply to the muscles due to the skinny jeans.
The woman required four days of hospitalization, but despite still feeling a weakness in her legs she was able to walk home unaided. Doctors said that she was fully recovered in the following weeks.
Dr. Kimber cautions that squatting in skinny jeans for hours may land other women in the hospital as well. He explained that tight pants are not the issue. The problem is skinny jeans lack elasticity which puts tremendous pressure on the leg nerves and muscles. So, tight pants with increased elasticity are not as dangerous as skinny jeans are, the doctor added.
When asked whether he wears skinny denims, Dr. Kimber smiled and said he was “too old to get away with them.”
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