(NEWSER) – "Rhabdomyolysis and bilateral peroneal and tibial neuropathies" are as uncomfortable as they sound, and they can be caused by wearing skinny jeans for the wrong jobs, doctors say. According to a case study in the journal Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, an Australian woman who wore skinny jeans while helping a family member move—a job that involved hours squatting on the floor emptying cupboards—ended up hospitalized and unable to walk for four days, NPR reports. The 35-year-old had apparently ignored increasing discomfort but ultimately "noticed bilateral foot drop and foot numbness" that led her to trip and fall while walking home, per the study. She was stranded for hours until someone found her and called an ambulance.
A press release explains her calves were swollen to such a degree that her jeans had to be cut off; she didn't have normal movement in her ankles and toes, and the feeling was gone from her lower legs and feet. Doctors discovered she had muscle and nerve damage, apparently caused by reduced blood supply to the leg muscles.
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