You’re outside in the park in your fav pair of skinny jeans, your running around, moving and bending to play your favorite game of ultimate frisbee. You legs feel more than uncomfortable, they are debilitating! Could a pair of pants be the reason for your pain?!
A new study released yesterday suggests that it could be. It states squatting and bending movement in the tight jeans for a long time may lead to nerve and muscle fibre damage in legs and feet.
Published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, the study pointed to the case of a 35-year-old woman who was treated at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia for severe weakness in both ankles...because she wore skinny jeans while helping her friend move that day.
After a full day of heavy lifting and bending, the woman fell down in the street after severe foot numbness, and was found several hours later. The woman's jeans had to be cut off of her and she spent four days in hospital.
Is this the pain we put ourselves through for fashion? I’ve had several times where I was wearing articles of clothing that are too hard to handle, but this just seems pretty intense. Maybe I’ll skip wearing skinny jeans and go for something more comfortable in the pants realm when participating in lifting activities.
But are we ok in our normal every day life? I think so. Skinny jeans aren't crushing every part of your legs while you sit, or walk. To the normal fashionista, I think it’s ok to keep your favorite denim pants on.
I don’t think I’d wear skinny jeans to help my friends move boxes, and I hope you skinny jean fans would have the common (fashion) sense to do the same.