Roller Shoe Injuries

CHICAGO (AP) -- A new government report is raising more concerns about the wheeled shoes that are popular with kids.

The report indicates accidents from roller shoes are far more numerous than previously thought.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the shoes contributed to about 16-hundred emergency room visits last year.

Just last week, agency spokesman Scott Wolfson said his office knew of at least 64 roller-shoe-related injuries and one death over a 15-month period.

He now tells The Associated Press the new, higher estimate is based on a more recent and thorough review of data.

Yesterday, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons began offering new safety advice for kids wearing wheeled shoes, including helmets and wrist protectors.

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