It’s been a pretty bad news week for hipsters and scene kids. First the news dropped that hairstyles that cover one eye might probably make that eye lazy over time. Now a slightly predictable knowledge bomb has finally dropped, and it affects, well, just about every fashion sub-culture. The big newsflash? Skinny jeans may not be great for circulation and may cause painful leg problems.
In a recent interview with ABC News, Dr. Karen Boyle revealed the not uncommon problems wearers of skinny jeans were encountering. Numbness and pain were high among them. She broke down the problem fairly simply:
“This disorder is called meralgia paresthetica and it's a disorder that occurs when one of the nerves that runs in the outer part of a thigh gets compressed. The pressure on it causes symptoms of tingling, numbness and pain in the outer part of the thigh...When you wear high heels the axis of your pelvis changes and what happens is your pelvis tilts and your buttocks kind of kick out a little bit and your legs are longer looking. This is why women like to wear stilettos. But because the pelvis tilts some, it further accentuates the pressure that's caused on those nerves. It can make the symptoms worse.”
Women aren’t alone in paying the price for their skinny jeans, either. Along with similar leg pain symptoms, males may also experience a decrease in sperm count thanks to their close-fitting skinny jeans.
No need to fret, though, skinny jean lovers. What medical science is saying right now should be pretty obvious: Tight and constricting clothing can be bad for you. It’s not just skinny jeans that can be bad for you, and it’s not like we’ve never seen anyone wear another type of clothing that’s just way too tight. The issue with skinny jeans is that it’s so much easier to stumble on a pair that are just a little too constricting. Even a pair that fits perfectly can have a seam that leaves a mark on the wearer’s skin once removed. Let common sense be your guide and take off any pants that make you lose feeling in your legs! Because men’s sizes come in measurements, it might be easier for them to find something that fits well on their waist, hips, and legs. Women might have a harder time, since sizing can be a lot more vague and a more generous waist to hip ratio means jeans that might be tighter on the thighs. Still, it's nothing a little careful shopping, trying on, and setting aside some pride and sizing up. It's for your health!