IT’S been trendy for several years but they could be damaging your health. Kate loves them – Russell Brand’s often seen in a pair – but could this be the end for the humble skinny jeans?
Health experts are warning squatting in skinny jeans for a long period of time has been linked to damage of the muscles and nerve fibres in the legs. The Duchess of Cambridge is often seen at low-key events showing off her slim-pins in a pair of dark skinny jeans.
But new research has shown the mother-of-two could be seriously damaging her health in the modern clothing – what will the Queen say? Doctors have described the case of a 35-year-old woman who collapsed and spent several hours lying on the ground outside, unable to move, before spending four days in hospital.
The youngster had spent the previous day helping a relative move house which involved spending a number of hours squatting as she emptied cupboards. The unnamed woman had been wearing tight skinny jeans and recalled that they had felt increasingly tight and uncomfortable as the day wore on.
The case study is published online in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry – something not to be overlooked. Doctors previously believed side-effects of wearing skinny jeans have been limited to lesions of the thigh, and this was the most serious incident they had heard of.
The case represents a new neurological complication of wearing tight jeans
Associate Professor Thomas Edmund Kimber
Associate Professor Thomas Edmund Kimber, of the University of Adelaide in South Australia, said: “The present case represents a new neurological complication of wearing tight jeans.” Later that evening, she experienced numbness in her feet and found it difficult to walk which caused her to trip and fall.
Alarmingly the woman was unable to get up and had to spend several hours lying on the ground before she was found. The news comes after it was revealed a woman had her eyes gorged out before being murdered – see more here.
The woman’s calves were so swollen her jeans had to be cut off her and she could not move her ankles or toes properly and had lost feeling in her lower legs and feet. Doctors found she had damaged muscle and nerve fibres in her lower legs as a result of prolonged compression while squatting, which they believed her tight jeans had made worse.
She was put on an intravenous drip and was only able to walk unaided after four days. The youngster’s fashion choice – endorsed by celebrities from Hollywood to the UK alike – had prompted the development of compartment syndrome, or reduced blood supply to the leg muscles. This in turn caused swelling of the muscles and compression of the adjacent nerves, doctors revealed.
Published Jun 23, 2015. By FELICITY THISTLETHWAITE
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