Docs Warn Of Injuries From Rolling Shoes

CHICAGO (AP) -- You know those trendy wheeled sneakers that let kids zip down sidewalks, across playgrounds and through mall crowds? Doctors blame a rash of injuries on the international craze.

It's called "heeling," named after Heelys, the most popular brand.

The journal Pediatrics reports that over a ten-week period last summer, 67 children were treated for injuries from Heelys or strap-on wheels called Street Gliders at one hospital in Ireland.

And doctors in Singapore reported last year that 37 children had been treated for similar injuries at a hospital there during a seven-month period in 2004. None were wearing protective gear.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is issuing new safety advice that recommends helmets, wrist protectors and knee and elbow pads for kids who wear wheeled shoes.


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