If you’re gonna be doing strenuous work involving your legs, its best advised that you don’t wear skinny jeans.
A new study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry revealed the damaging effect of skinny jeans on tibia nerves.
The report, led by Thomas Kinder, of the Neurology Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia, told the story of a 35-year old woman couldn’t move after she spent the whole day squatting in skinny jeans.
After she spent hours squatting while emptying cupboards, she noticed her legs were feeling increasingly tight and uncomfortable.
When she was walking home later that evening the woman found that she could no longer move her feet properly, causing her to trip and fall. She spent several hours on the ground before she was discovered and brought to the hospital, according to the report.
The medical team that saw her had to cut off her jeans because her legs were so swollen. She was treated with intravenous fluids, but it still took four days for her to use her legs normally again.
“We believe it was the combination of the squatting and tight jeans that caused the problem,” Kinder said about the case.
Kinder explained that prolonged squatting has been known to lead to compression of the peroneal nerves, a set of nerves near the knee joint. Squatting has also been shown to reduce blood supply to the calf muscles.
In this case, the woman’s calf muscles responded to the lack of blood by swelling, but because she was wearing skinny jeans, the muscles swelled “inwards”, compressing another set of nerves called the tibial nerves and further cutting off blood supply to the muscles.
“If the woman had been wearing loose trousers, the calf muscles could have swollen ‘outwards’ rather than ‘inwards,’ thus avoiding pressure on the nerves and blood vessels,” Kinder said.