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Nancy Shute. Skinny jeans: fashion statement or health threat? If you've wondered whether there's a downside to wearing superskinny jeans, this story's for you. A year-old Australian woman wound up in the hospital after wearing skinny jeans while helping a family member move. As the day went on, those jeans were making her increasingly uncomfortable. But it wasn't until that evening that the situation went south. As she walked home, the woman found herself struggling to lift her increasingly numb feet.
She fell to the ground, and lay there for several hours before she was found and taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Neurologists tried to figure out what had gone wrong. Tests revealed that she had almost no muscle strength in her ankles and toes, Skinny Woman - Too Blue - The Promised Land the muscles of her hips and knees were normal. A CT scan of her legs showed signs of muscle damage in the calves. Tests of the tibial nerveswhich provide movement and sensation to the calf and foot, and the peroneal nerveswhich run from the outside of the knee down to the foot and ankle, showed they weren't sending signals properly.
That was the clue. Nerve damage can be caused by pressure. In the case of the peroneal nerves, that can include pressure from crossing the legs, wearing high boots or squatting. Previous research refers to "strawberry pickers' palsy. Not good. The swelling of compartment syndrome can lead to permanent muscle and nerve damage, or amputation. In this case, the victim fared better. After four days in the hospital on intravenous fluids, she regained her ability to walk and went home.
No word on whether she's ever donned skinny jeans again. This isn't the first time we've reported on the perils of excessively tight trousers. Ina doctor in Tarrytown, N. Last fall, the Federal Trade Commission ordered to two companies to stop selling caffeine-infused shapewearsaying that the amped-up skivvies would not, as one firm claimed, "reduce the size of your hips by up to 2.
Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Don't Tell Me! NPR Shop. An Australian woman suffered nerve and muscle damage after wearing superskinny jeans. She couldn't walk and was hospitalized, but has since recovered.
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