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. 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 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.
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