The Skinny on the Dangers of Skinny Jeans

   By SheSpeaksTeam  Jan 22, 2013

For many of us, skinny jeans have become our daily go-to fashion item that we just can’t live without. Worn with heels, big winter boots, or ballet flats the versatility of skinny jeans are plentiful. Many of us are also hooked on the way they show off curves and give the illusion of a longer leg. But new reports now reveal there may be some potentially dangerous side effects that we should all keep in mind the next time we slip into a pair of blue jeans.

ABC News reports about new doctor warnings about the side-effects of wearing skin-tight jeans that most of us have probably never considered. In some instances, the way skinny jeans tend to hug a woman’s thigh can lead to a serious case of nerve damage. Dr. Karen Boyle, a urologist, explains about the potentially dangerous effects skinny jeans can have on a woman who wears the tight-fitting pants regularly. Dr. Boyle warns of the nerve damage saying, “This disorder is called maralgia parastetica; the disorder occurs when one of the nerves on the outer part of the thigh compresses and pressure on in causes symptoms of tingling and numbness and pain.”

Dr. Boyle also warns that women who experience maralgia parastetica may not even realize the onset of symptoms. She says, “One woman described it as a floating sensation when she was walking; her thighs felt week and tingly and she got pain in the thighs.” And she also explains that if you combine the tight jeans with heels the condition may worse because of the way the pelvis tilts adding pressure on the nerves.

If left uncorrected, the nerve damage some women experience from skinny jeans can be permanent. Doctors recommend buying a cut of jeans with slightly more room in the thighs or if you absolutely can’t do without the skinny jeans, look for jeans that have a little stretch in the fabric.

Are skinny jeans a must-have in your wardrobe?

Have you ever experienced this type of discomfort while wearing your skinny jeans?


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MamaRhonda by MamaRhonda | Bakersfield, CA
Feb 25, 2013

I own two pairs of skinny jeans...though I would never buy a pair so tight that I'm uncomfortable! It seems that the jeans that are causing these issues are incredibly could you even sit down in that kind of pant? I have 2 kids, so I need some with stretch in them for sure.

beautinsuccess by beautinsuccess | BROOKLYN, NY
Feb 04, 2013

I love skinny jeans, they look great, all of my jeans are skinny jeans now.

basilandcatnip by basilandcatnip | GARLAND, TX
Jan 28, 2013

I'd like to, just don't have the right body type for them.

cmcbcarder by cmcbcarder | GRANTSVILLE, MD
Jan 26, 2013

Don't own a pair, don't like the way they make me look, but wow not buying any now!

Texmel by Texmel | COLORADO SPGS, CO
Jan 24, 2013

I don't own a pair yet. I had to have abdominal surgery in the fall and haven't worn jeans since September, due to the sensitivity around the tummy.

christinlilly by christinlilly | SIESTA KEY, FL
Jan 23, 2013

That sounds HORRID! WOW!! I have one pair but they are super stretchy, I can't stand feeling restricted. I have a 5 year old to chase around I have to have some flex and speed in my step to attempt to keep up with her!

ReflxnsOfGrace by ReflxnsOfGrace | PARKESBURG, PA
Jan 23, 2013

I have not fallen into the skinny jeans fad. It's unfortunate they cause nerve damage. Hopefully people start taking their health more seriously than a trendy look.