Tight Jean Syndrome

Tight jeans seem to have been in style forever, and who doesn’t love the feeling of being able to fit into their “skinny jeans”? The problem is, wearing tight jeans can cause health problems by compressing a sensory nerve called the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve that runs from the abdomen through the thigh. This can cause numbness, tingling, and a burning pain in the legs above the knees. The condition is called “meralgia paresthetica”, sometimes termed “tight jean syndrome.” Add spike heels, and you’ll increase the pressure on the nerve. Tight clothes can also cause digestive problems such as abdominal distention and heartburn after eating.

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