By Nicole Lester for Sharecare
Forever 21 Skinny JeansI love my skinny jeans as much as the next woman, but now (along with high heels, flip-flops, and platform shoes) they come with with a potential health risk: A little problem called meralgia paresthetica. In plain English, it's a condition that causes "pain, tingling, burning sensations or numbness in an oval area over the front and side of the thigh," says Sharecare expert Darshan Shah, MD, a neurologist at NorthShore University HealthSystem.
When you wear skinny jeans, it can cause the artery inside your thigh and the nerve next to it to be squeezed together. As a result, says Mehmet Oz, MD, "the blood can't flow to the tissue, plus the nerve next to it gets irritated."Related: How yoga pants can make you fat
Wondering whether your jeans really are too skinny? Find out with this simple test from Dr. Oz: If you can comfortably fit a marker inside your front pocket, they're probably okay. If not, you may need to go up a size or opt for another, less form-fitting pair. "You don't want to have legs you can't feel, no matter how good you look!" says Oz.
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I guess I'll pack up my skinny jeans for now -- although I will miss the calories burned during the morning gyrations required to get them on!
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