The old adage that "beauty is pain" needs to be tossed — along with your skinny jeans. Doctors say they could be dangerous.
A new study says squatting in tight jeans for a long time can seriously damage muscles and nerves in your legs and feet.
Published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, the study focuses on the case of a 35-year-old woman had to be cut out of a pair after her calves blew up in size, reported the AP.
The woman had spent her day squatting for hours as she helped a relative move. Afterwards, as she was walking home, her feet grew numb, and she fell to the ground, where she remained for hours before she was found and taken to the hospital.
She spent four days there until she was able to walk unaided.
Doctors believe the woman developed a condition called compartment syndrome — a painful and potentially serious condition that involves increased pressure within an enclosed area of muscle — worsened by her skinny jeans.
Of course, to confirm them as a major health threat, a larger study would need to be performed, but I think it's safe to say that the jeans were not designed for strenuous activity.