If you’re like most men – and even women – it’s possible that you’ve filled your leather wallet to the brim. Between credit cards, pictures of your family, cash and other important documents, it’s not unlikely for us to have overstuffed our leather wallets, giving us a case of ‘swollen wallet’. Now, this may seem like an irrelevant topic…until you consider the damage that ‘swollen wallet’ can do. It’s not just ruining the quality of your leather wallet…in fact, it can be affecting your health.
If you’ve ever been sitting for a sustained period of time and, upon getting up, have had severe hip pain, it’s possible that your wallet could be contributing to the problem. What you may not know is that there is a condition that’s actually referred to as Wallet Sciatica (professional term being Piriformis Syndrome). It seems from having too much ‘padding’ in certain places and lacking it in others, meaning that your body is getting uneven amounts of pressure which makes it easy for a pinched nerve to emerge. Sitting for a long time on your swollen wallet – or really any uneven surface for that matter can result in Wallet Sciatica.
Now that you know about wallet sciatica, here are some helpful tips on how to avoid it to make sure that you not only protect your precious leather, but your back, hips and nerves!
Don’t sit on your wallet: It may be natural for many of us to just stow our wallet where we always have as force of habit, and for the most part, this is okay. But when you’re on a long drive, an airplane ride, or doing another sustained sitting activity, you want to make sure your wallet is not in your back pocket, but stored somewhere else that’s safe.
Thin Out Your Wallet: So many of us are guilty of not cleaning out our wallets. We keep everything – and we mean everything! – in our wallets, including things that do not need to be there. At least one a month, do a wallet check: clean out everything that shouldn’t be in there. Any cards or materials that you haven’t used in the last 6 months, take them out and store them in a safe place.
Find a New Place to Wear Your Wallet: After you’ve cleaned out your wallet, enjoy the fact that it’s super thin by finding a new place to stow it that won’t affect your back or hips. A front pocket, a coat pocket, a shirt pocket. If you can’t bear to have your wallet part with your back pocket, then do make sure that you take our advice above: make sure your wallet is as thin as possible and remove it when you’ll be sitting for long periods of time.
Take all of these steps will ensure that you not only maintain the quality of your wallet but that you maintain your health, as well! Your wallet shouldn’t be a source of pain (both financially and physically!). Take care to make sure that your wallet isn’t affecting your health for the worse.