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!