Wearing skinny jeans and other tight-fitting clothes may be causing a surge in a sometimes painful neurological condition called meralgia paresthetica.
Do you wear skinny jeans? If you do, you might be interested to know that some medical specialists have been seeing a spike in a particular condition that they believe may be associated with wearing tight-fitting pants.
Neurologists call this condition meralgia paresthetica (MP), a nerve disorder caused by pressure or pinching of the nerve that supplies sensation to the outer portion of the thigh. The nerve, called the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, is pinched as it passes under the ligament of the groin.
With more and more people, mostly women, wearing skinny jeans and other tight-fitting pants, neurologists are reporting an upswing in this nerve condition.
Some of the symptoms of MP include:
The symptoms of MP can be worse when wearing tight belts, work belts, tight-waisted clothes, or high-heeled shoes. The high-heeled shoes tilt the pelvis forward and increase the pressure on the nerve.
Though wearing pants that are too tight can be one common cause of MP, there are others:
Is looking fashion-forward really worth tingling, numbness, and pain? Don’t become a fashion victim—unless it’s really, really worth it!