Killer-wear: Skinny jeans and 3 other fashion items that may hurt you

The higher the heel on the shoe, the more weight is pushed forward onto the balls of the feet, which can cause pain. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - How far would you go for fashion?

A new study, published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, revealed that it is possible for skinny jeans to cause nerve damage. The fashion staple, worn by millions, sent a woman to the hospital earlier this week when she temporarily lost feeling in her legs from squatting too long in her tight denims.

The 35-year-old woman's legs were so swollen that she had to have her pants cut off in the hospital's emergency room. She was put on a drip, and was able to walk normally four days later.

According to the study, doctors say that any compression of the area just under knee can squeeze a nerve which directs the lower leg and feet. Damage to this nerve can cause weakness, numbness or pain.

Besides tight jeans, here are some other fashion items which could be bad for your health.

High heels

Sure they make your legs look longer but those stilettos could also damage your feet and give you back problems. Podiatrists say the higher the heel on the shoe the more weight is pushed forward onto the balls of the feet, which can cause pain. High heels also increase the risk of arthritis and back problems.

Long term wear affects your hip position, posture and shortens the calf muscles. Ill-fitting heels can also cause tendon injuries and painful bunions.


Though they're probably the easiest go-to footwear for comfort and convenience, flip-flops also come with their fair share of health issues.

Besdies leaving most of the feet exposed, flip-flops also offer no support or cushioning which can cause problems for arches and heels.

The thin soles of slippers, and the way they are worn makes wearers walk differently. This could cause problems with legs, knees, hips and backs.


The Victorian contraption, brought back into the limelight by reality stars the Kardashians, puts pressure on the abdomen and can affect internal organs.

The tight lacing of the corset could also push the contents of the stomach upwards into the gullet, causing heartburn or flatulence.

Frequent wearers may suffer shallow breathing, shortness of breath, atrophied back muscles and potential difficulty in childbirth.

SOURCES: Time Magazine, The Guardian, CBS News, The Mirror

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