It’s not very common to hear your favourite wardrobe outfit landing you in a hospital. Such is the story of an Australian woman who paid a heavy price after wearing a pair of skinny jeans.
The unidentified 35-year old arrived at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia complaining of tight, numb legs that made her difficult to walk properly. Prior to the incident, she had worn the outfit while helping a relative for most of the previous day.
Doctors found out that the restrictive pants resulted in swelling, nerve damage and muscle damage due to all the squatting. To receive the treatment, the woman’s jeans had to be cut off. She had lost circulation in her lower legs and couldn’t move her ankles or toes properly.
“We blame what happened on a combination of prolonged squatting for hours and the tight jeans she was wearing. If she hadn’t been able to come to the hospital, the compression could have gone on longer and caused residual nerve damage. “said Dr. Thomas Kimber who treated the patient.
After four days of treatment and IV, the woman could walk again and her body statistics were found normal.
Reports suggest that there have been other cases as well where patients developed tingly, numb thighs from wearing the figure-hugging low-cut denim trousers – although the chance of happening is quite slim for most people.
“There’s no need to ditch the skinny jeans just yet, simply avoid staying in the same position for too long and keep moving throughout the day. If you do suffer any prolonged pain you should of course seek help, but no-one should be alarmed by this warning or change the cut of their jeans, “ said Priya Dasoju, professional adviser at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
For the woman who had to endure the trouble, it’s quite certain that she’ll stay away from skinny jeans for a very long time.