Woman hospitalized after skinny jeans leave her unable to move, doctors warn

Posted: 2:10 PM, Jun 23, 2015
Updated: 2015-06-23 18:39:48-04

AUSTRALIA - Hipsters and fashion mavens beware -- skinny jeans can be bad for your health.

Doctors are warning of the vice-grip jeans fit popular with so many after a 35-year-old Australian woman walking from a friend's house fell to the ground, unable to get up for hours, according to the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

Before her feet went numb, she had been helping a friend move and was squatting for long periods of time while filling empty cupboards.

Experts believe she was suffering from compartment syndrome -- bleeding that builds up in enclosed bundles of muscle -- which was exacerbated by her python-like jeans.

When paramedics finally found her, they had to cut the jeans off the woman her badly-swollen lower limbs, and doctors found that her muscles and nerves had been damaged.  She remained in the hospital for four days before she was able to walk on her own again, according to the article.

She's certainly not the only case of skinny-jean complications, although doctors say the nerve damage is usually found in nerves located in the thigh.

The case, while alarming, is rare medical experts say.  They recommend that skinny-jean lovers try to keep moving during the day and seek help if they experience any ongoing pain.