Slim-fit garments that hug the form and show off the curves have become increasingly trendy in international culture. But what many people do not realize is that tight clothing can cause serious damage to the body. Like a snake constricting its victim’s throat, skinny jeans can have devastating consequences.
The Fashion Victim
A 35-year-old Australian woman found out just how dangerous exceptionally tight trousers can truly be. When a family member was moving, the woman offered to give a helping hand. The woman showed up wearing skinny jeans and ended up in the hospital a few hours later.
While wearing the skinny jeans, the woman engaged in “many hours of squatting while emptying cupboards,” according to a report published Monday in the journal Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.
After the move was complete, she headed home feeling numb from the day’s work. But as she walked, she noticed it was getting harder and harder to lift her feet.
The woman collapsed and spent hours on the ground before she was found. She was later brought to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, where the hospital staff had to cut off her jeans to provide treatment because her legs were so swollen.
The Hospital’s Discovery
The woman had endured muscle damage in her calves and had no strength in her ankles and toes. The doctors found her sensation was impaired due to tibial and peroneal nerve damage, which is an indicator of compartment syndrome.
Compartment syndrome is “a serious condition that involves increased pressure in a muscle compartment.” It can cause permanent nerve and muscle damage, and even the need for amputation.
The effect was clear, and so was the culprit. Prolonged squatting while wearing the garment had put so much pressure on her body that the woman’s nerves weren’t able to allow the blood to flow. The woman regained her ability to walk after she spent four days resting and receiving fluids.
“The present case represents a new neurological complication of wearing tight jeans,” the report concludes. If you’re going to dress in tight trousers, just remember to be aware of the activities you’re participating in.