HEALTH

Skinny Jeans Nearly Killed This Woman

Skinny jeans can be a killer look — an Australian woman just spent four days in hospital from denim-related injuries

HEALTH
Jun 22, 2015 at 6:30 PM ET

When you stumble across a paper entitled, “Fashion victim: rhabdomyolysis and bilateral peroneal and tibial neuropathies as a result of squatting in skinny jeans,” you know you’re in for a treat (rhabdomyolysis aside). But let’s cut to the chase—a woman in Australia just spent four days in the hospital recuperating from a traumatic skinny jeans injury.

The 35-year-old woman, who is not named in the study, had spent an entire day squatting in front of cupboards, helping a friend empty out shelves for a big move. She says her skinny jeans gradually felt tighter as the day wore on and, on the way home, her feet went numb. Before she could catch herself, the woman tripped and fell onto the side of the road, where she remained until passersby found her several hours later. By the time she arrived at the hospital, the woman had completely lost feeling her legs, and her calves were so swollen that physicians had to cut off her jeans. Fortunately, after a few days of bedrest and IV fluids, she was back on her feet.

Physicians said the woman was suffering from compartment syndrome, which occurs when you pinch off your blood supply (normally after a traumatic accident), and may ultimately cause swelling, nerve damage or result in amputation. It’s a potentially life-threatening condition where your muscles start to break down—and quite possibly the most unsettling thing you’ve ever seen (click here if you want to see a GRAPHIC image of the condition). Prior studies have shown that prolonged squatting can pinch the nerves in your legs, and that skinny jeans, along with Spanx and corsets, may pinch the nerves so tightly that it actually causes lasting damage. But when squatting meets skinny jeans—you’re just asking for trouble.

Read More:

Rise in health problems from Spanx, corsets, and shapewear (Boston.com)
Fashion victim: rhabdomyolysis and bilateral peroneal and tibial neuropathies as a result of squatting in skinny jeans (British Medical Journal)