THE RISK OF SKINNY JEANS FOR HEALTH: SOMETIMES BEAUTY IS PAINFUL

Skinny jeans are a popular fashion trend – particularly among young women. Inspired by celebrities, models, and rock stars, teens and young women are wiggling their way into ultra-tight, trend setting, skinny pants. Men are catching onto the trend too. Wearing skinny jeans is growing in popularity among males who wear them to show off the buff body they worked so hard to sculpt at the gym.
We've all heard how women have to suffer to be beautiful. Experts are finding that women who wear too tight jeans run the risk of suffering from a nerve problem called meralgia paresthetica. Coupled with stiletto heels, the pressure these jeans put on the femoral cutaneous nerve that runs through the thigh can cause tingling and burning through the leg.
Meralgia paresthetica or "tingling thigh syndrome" is apparently caused when too-tight jeans compress a nerve that cuts off sensation to the thigh. The pressure of the tight, heavy jean material causes the nerve to become “pinched” underneath the ligament that runs from the groin to the thigh causing reduced sensation. At the same time, tingling and numbness can develop. Of course, pain can be part of the picture too which can make the experience of wearing skinny jeans even for short periods of time quite uncomfortable.
Parmeeta Ghoman, who developed this condition, remembers the initial feeling of what has become known as “tingling thigh syndrome.” She said, “It felt really strange — it felt like my leg had gone to sleep.”
Though the condition is nothing new and has largely appeared in construction workers, pregnant women and obese people, the affliction in young, fit women has become more prominent in recent years.
“The nerve, in some people, is susceptible to compression,” Dr. John England, of the American Academy of Neurology said. “It is a pure sensory nerve — it doesn’t go to muscles or provide strength. Anything that is tight around there could potentially compress the nerve that goes there.”
But before your start burning your skinny britches, remember that the damage is rarely permanent. According to chiropractic physician Dr. William Madosky, “The key is, you remove the pressure, and the nerve regenerates.” So, limit the number of times you wear tight, skinny jeans. Don’t wear them every day – keep them for a special occasion. 

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Kate

Jeans are nice from time to time, but I'm more of a dresses kind of girl myself!

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