Problem with skinny jeans - level 3
They may be trendy and a favorite with the Duchess of Cambridge, but it seems skinny jeans can be really bad for your health. Doctors are warning that wearing the figure-hugging trousers, which are popular with both women and men, could damage muscles and nerves.
The warning comes after a 35-year-old woman had to be cut out of a pair of skinny jeans after her calves ballooned in size. She'd spent hours squatting to empty cupboards for a house move in Australia.
Doctors believe the woman developed a condition called compartment syndrome made worse by her skinny jeans. The syndrome is a painful and potentially serious condition caused by bleeding or swelling within an enclosed bundle of muscles, in this case the calves. She was put on a drip and after four days was able to walk unaided.
Squatting in skinny jeans can lead to pressure building up in the lower legs and muscles and nerves can become damaged. Other medical experts have reported a number of cases where patients have developed tingly numbed thighs from wearing skinny jeans, although they add that the chance of it happening is still pretty slim for most people.
Difficult words: balloon (to become larger), squat (to sit with your knees bent under you and your bottom just off the ground, balancing on your feet), empty (to take things out), swelling (an area of your body that has become larger than normal, because of illness or injury), drip (a piece of equipment used in hospitals for putting liquids directly into your blood), tingly (if a part of your body tingles, you feel a slight stinging feeling, especially on your skin), numbed (a part of your body that is numb—unable to feel anything), slim (this is a pun—slim means skinny and it means unlikely).
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