Can Skinny Jeans Kill You?

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Are skinny jeans deadly? Not quite. But they may pose health problems if you aren't careful! | Source: Shutterstock

Skinny jeans have been a wardrobe staple for a while now. Since so many of us pretty much live in skinny jeans (dude, they’re cute), it’s pretty alarming to know that they can actually cause health problems.

Can you skinny jeans kill you? Probably not, save for some really bizarre circumstances. But they can cause nerve damage. Say what?

Docs have noticed an uptick in the cases of meralgia paresthetica, which is a disorder that occurs when too much pressure is put on a nerve on the outer part of the thigh. Its symptoms include numbness, tingling, and pain. Yikes! The condition gets worse–and your risk for it gets higher–if you wear skinny jeans with heels. Wearing heels causes your pelvis to tilt, which puts more pressure on the nerve.

What to do if you think your skinny jeans are giving you meralgia paresthetica? Take ’em off! (Provided you’re not in public, of course. We don’t want you to get arrested.) The pain and discomfort should subside on its own with a few days off from too-tight pants. Don’t ignore the pain, though, or else the nerve damage could–ruh roh!–be permanent.

On that note, we doomed to wide leg pants forever? Nope!

Fear not, ladies. There are ways to wear skinny jeans without damaging your nerves. First off, make sure your skinny jeans are the right size. Skinny jeans got their name from the skinny leg, which is accentuated in the size of the calves–so if your skinny jeans fit properly, they shouldn’t make your thighs feel like sausages. If necessary, go a size up and tailor them down!

Second, jeggings or skinny jeans with some stretch will alleviate a lot of the pressure that can occur from wearing regular too-tight skinny jeans. Stretch also comes in handy if, like a lot of us, you’re little in the middle but have much back.

A third precaution–that you probably won’t necessarily need if you follow the other guidelines–is to wear your skinny jeans with flats. Whether or not you’re worried about nerve damage in your thighs, if you have a ton of walking to do, your feet will thank you!

Do you love your skinny jeans or do you prefer a wider or flared leg? Would you keep wearing skinny jeans despite the supposed health risks? Are you going to go a size up in your skinny jeans just to be safe? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Mo

    Ehh, ill still wear my skinny jeans with my heals idc but to let you know i have no hip or anything wrong with my legs just my knees but thats bc of an injury in elm school so i dont have to worry i wear comfy stylish heels nothing to high or too low easy to walk in and dont hurt my feet im in high school ima wear me some heels and skinny jeans

  • Ryah

    I honestly wear my skinny jeans all the time! At home, at school, anywhere really, I have one pair that are tight, whilst the rest are quite baggy and comfy 🙂

  • Chris

    Only Hipsters, gangster wannabes, and people trying to “fit in” wear Skinny Jeans. Here’s a note from ME, WEAR NORMAL JEANS!

    • Caitlin

      Ummm No

  • Lola

    Quelle merde, oui!

  • nana matsuei

    I KNEW IT!!!!!!! SKINNY JEANS ARE … EVILLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WANT PANTS THAT DON’T RESTRICT ANYTHING ON YOUR BODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I DON’T CARE HOW THEY LOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!! I NEED CONFORT GOD DAMI’T!!!!!!!!!!! FLARED LEG JEANS!!!!!!!! I WILL ONLY ACEPT THOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I MEAN COME ON PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ITS HOT OUT AND SKINNY JEANS DON’T HELP THE HEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUT THATS ALL THEY MAKE THESE DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IAM SICK AND TIERED OF IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GIVE ME FLARED JEANS AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TO HELL THOSE SKINNY JEANS!!!!!!!!!!!!! DAM THEM ALL TO HELLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Wow.

      Wow. I think I never saw comments that looked that retarded before…
      Stop using so much caps and !!!’s, jeeze.

    • countrygurl

      O_O Wth geez calm down we’re just talking about jeans not the world ending or anything…..

  • Sienna-Avery

    Little in the middle but got much back(; aha. Sir mix a lot<3333333333

  • Markus Nguyen

    I sag, so not a problem for me.

  • Cindy

    I LOVE my skinny jeans! Thankfully I have never had this problem. And I’ll try to evade it, but ofcourse without leaving my favorite jeans ever.