A 35-year-old Australian woman was rushed to the hospital recently after collapsing in a park, citing loss of feeling in her legs and feet. Turns out, after a day of helping a family member move—which involved a certain amount of squatting—her skinny jeans had cut off the blood supply to her calf muscles.

According to the Washington Post, doctors in the neurology unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia found “significant damage to her muscle and nerve fibers,” and her legs were so swollen that she had to be cut out of her pants.

The case was detailed in a new study released in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, called “Fashion Victim: Rhabdomyolysis and Bilateral Peroneal and Tibial Neuropathies as a Result of Squatting in ‘Skinny Jeans.’” According to study author Thomas Kimber, “Without medical treatment she may have ended up with permanent nerve damage affecting her ability to walk, and the muscle damage could have led to kidney damage but fortunately she was treated in time.”

Relaxed fit, people. Relaxed fit.


Contact the author at ellie@jezebel.com.

Image via Shutterstock.

Click here to view this kinja-labs.com embed.