Could Skinny Jeans Send You to the Hospital?

The term fashion victim has a new meaning.

One woman landed in the hospital for four days after her skinny jeans cut off her circulation and she lost feeling in her legs.

After squatting for hours when she helped a relative move, the 35-year-old woman damaged nerves and muscles in her legs, according to a recent article chronicled in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

Her feet became numb when she walked home that night, and she fell and couldn’t get up. It was hours before she was discovered and taken to the hospital.

“Wearing jeans that are too tight can lead to nausea or leg and abdominal pain,” says Carilion Clinic vascular surgeon Ashish Raju, M.D. “Squatting and wearing tight clothes will compress the nerves and muscles and can lead to a ‘compartment’ type syndrome.”

How to know when your jeans or other clothes are too tight?

“Clothes should never leave marks on the body,” Dr. Raju says. “If they do, you should probably buy a larger size.”

Sadly, the woman’s skinny jeans had to be cut off and she spent her four days in the hospital on an IV before she could walk again. For more on her story, visit

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