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Are your skinny jeans bad for your health?

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Harriet Hall
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Doctors have issued a health warning after a 35-year-old woman was hospitalised because of her skinny jeans.

The unnamed woman had to be cut out of her jeans after her calves ballooned in size, according to the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

In the midst of moving house, the Australian woman had been crouching down to empty cupboards all day and, by the evening, her feet had gone completely numb and she could hardly walk. The woman lay on the ground for hours before being rescued by paramedics who cut her out of the jeans.

The journal states that the woman had suffered from ‘Compartment Syndrome’ – a painful and dangerous condition caused by bleeding or swelling amongst an enclosed ‘bundle’ of muscles.

The condition, exacerbated by the skinny jeans, caused the woman’s calves to swell up, making it impossible to take off the trousers. Her calf muscles had become extremely weak and the nerves had become damaged by the build-up of pressure, leading to a loss of feeling in the lower legs.

She was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital where she spent four days on an intravenous drip before she was able to walk again unaided.

Researchers from the Royal Adelaide Hospital said this case “represents a new neurological complication of wearing tight jeans."

This case is the first that has been recorded but it seems that skinny jeans have always been surrounded by a cloud of potential health problems.  

In the past, tight jeans have been linked to a condition called meralgia parasthetica, which is a numbness caused by excess pressure on the nerve that runs from your pelvis to your thigh.

In men, skinny jeans have been known to cause reproductive problems.

It’s all rather concerning and it’s perhaps for the best that culottes are the go-to trouser of the season.  

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