Wearing skinny jeans now linked to damage in your legs

FOX 2 News (WJBK) -- It may not be worth proving to yourself you can still fit into your favorite pair of skinny jeans anymore.

If you plan on wearing them, their fashionable benefit may come at a cost with the most common sign starting with a weakness in the legs. 

Doctors concluded an Australian woman who had been assisting her friend move a day earlier had suffered nerve damage to her legs. 

This was the result of too much squatting in her skinny jeans.

Emergency doctors at Royal Adelaide Hospital had to cut off the 35-year-old woman's jeans. It took four days on a drip for the woman to recover from the severe damage to her muscles and nerves in her lower legs. Doctors were also concerned about lasting kidney damage.

According to news.com.au, the woman had spent the day helping a relative move houses, squatting while wearing skinny jeans. Later, her feet went numb and she collapsed, trapped on the ground for several hours before being found and taken to the hospital.

The combination of squatting and tight jeans caused "compartment syndrome," leading to swelling of the muscles and compression of nerves, neurologist Thomas Kimber, who treated the woman, told news.com.au.

According to the Australian Orthopaedic Association, this was the first case of compartment syndrome caused by skinny jeans that they were aware of, but there may be more to come.

For men and women plagued by this epidemic, expert advice has been provided: Walk around every once in awhile and avoid too much squatting while wearing everyone's favorite tight clothing. 

It may be worth considering the next time you chose to wear tight clothing, as there have been reported issues associated with many forms of narrow-fitting attire.
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