A 35-year-old Australian woman checked into a hospital after getting trapped in her skinny jeans
A 35-year-old Australian woman checked into a hospital after getting trapped in her skinny jeans, according to a study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.
The woman had reportedly been helping a family member move, and the repeated squatting in skinny jeans caused her muscles to swell, which led to a feeling of numbness in her feet. Because of the loss of sensation, she tripped and fell on her way home and spent hours on the ground before she was found.
When she checked into the hospital, she still suffered from weak ankles, and her legs were so swollen that her jeans had to be cut off. The woman was treated with intravenous hydration and made a full recovery after four days.
“The wearing of ‘skinny’ jeans had likely potentiated the tibial neuropathies [a loss of movement or sensation in the lower legs],” concludes the research article. “The present case represents a new neurological complication of wearing tight jeans.”
Dr. Perry Shieh, associate professor of neurology and director of the Neuromuscular Program at the University of California, Los Angeles, believes the incident was the result of repeated squatting in jeans that were too tight – and could not happen from wearing skinny jeans alone.
“The jeans themselves did not cause this,” Shieh tells PEOPLE. “If she was wearing skinny jeans and if she was squatting, the [jeans] could be pinching a muscle that would cause a swelling. If you’re swelling at the calves, that’s going to directly compress the calves and that’s going to cause direct damage to the muscles themselves.”
Though the incident seems like a rare occurance, Shieh did warn against wearing pants that are too tight.
“It’s not going to happen to everyone,” he says. “It depends on how tight [the jeans] are. If they’re really tight then I would be concerned. I would probably wear looser jeans.”