We knew skinny jeans could sometimes be ego-damaging, but now doctors are warning that they may be physically damaging as well. ABC News reports that they can cause a nerve disorder called meralgia paresthetica. So do we need to immediately throw out our skinnies and pull on a comfy pair of yoga pants? Maybe.
Dr.Karen Boyle told ABC that tight jeans can cause nerve compression that leads to symptoms like numbness, tingling, and pain. (She didn't address the dreaded muffin top syndrome, so we're assuming that's not life threatening.)
And it gets worse. Pair some high heels with those skinnies and you are virtually taking your life in your hands [Ed. note: Embellishment.] The pelvic-tilting, butt-lifting effect heels give you--the reason Louboutin has a booming business--can also increase the pressure on the nerves of the leg and exacerbate symptoms.
So what do you do if your J Brands are making you tingly? According to the Mayo Clinic: wear looser pants. In horrible cases, surgery is sometimes necessary, but you should just exercise common sense and stop wearing pants that hurt you. Dr.Boyle recommends jeggings or jeans with a bit of stretch. The New York Daily News spoke to vascular surgeon and skinny jeans fan, Dr.Robert Rhee, who told the paper we're actually not in the midst of a skinny jean nerve damage epidemic. In fact, he encourages you to wear them:
“Clearly the scenery in New York is enhanced by tight jeans as long as you can fit in them. Unless you are having significant numbness in your legs or feet, if the pants fit, wear ’em.”
Stop looking at our asses, Dr.Rhee.