Your skinny jeans could be a health danger if you are not wearing them properly

Skinny jeans are all the rage in the fashion world right now, but if you are not wearing them properly they could have you seeing your doctor.

"Check out my skinny jeans," said Christine Barnabic.  Barnabic has quite the collection of skinny jeans in different colors and different materials and she loves them all.

"Variety, it's the spice of life," said Barnabic.  She loves the way her skinny jeans spice up her wardrobe.  "You can wear the boots over, it's really nice in the winter and even just during the daytime you can wear them with flats or jazz them up at night," she said.

But the thing she does not love about her skinny jeans is how hard it is for her to put them on.    

"They can be hard to get on just because you're trying to obviously pull them up," said Barnabic. 

Squeezing into skinny jeans can cause nerve damage said Dr. Karen Boyle with the Greater Baltimore Medical Center

"So this disorder is called Miralsha Parasthetica and it's a disorder that occurs when one of the nerves that runs in the outer part of a thigh gets compressed. And pressure on it causes symptoms of tingling, numbness and pain in the outer part of the thigh," said Dr. Boyle. 

She said women could have symptoms and not even know it.

"One woman described it as floating sensation when she was walking. Her thighs kind of felt weak and tingly and she got pain in the thighs.  So if you're having that kind of pain and tingling sensation, you should probably loosen up your jeans a little bit," said Dr. Boyle.

If you like to wear wedge shoes or any type of high heels with your skinny jeans, Dr. Boyle said to watch out because that could make the pain a lot worse.

"So when you wear high heels the axis of your pelvis changes and what happens is your pelvis tilts and your buttocks kind of kick out a little bit and your legs are longer looking which is why women like to wear stilettos. But because the pelvis tilts some, it further accentuates the pressure that's caused on those nerves. So it can make the symptoms worse," Dr. Boyle.

To alleviate the pain Dr. Boyle suggested people wear jeggings or skinny jeans that have some stretch in them.

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