October 11, 2007
Millions of Heelys have been sold around the world. While the craze is sweeping the country, it's also causing kids to roll right into emergency rooms. If your child has a pair, you need to hear what Dr. Mom has to say to parents.
Heelys, a cross between sneakers and rollerskates, is a new trend sweeping across the country, and sweeping kids right into the emergency room. Heelys, or roller shoes, have wheels that are inserted into the heels of sneakers, and allows users to go from walking to rolling by placing one foot in front of the other and shifting the body’s weight backward over the wheels in the heels.
A recent study conducted in Dublin, Ireland reported that broken wrists were the most common type of injury, along with broken bones in the arm, elbow dislocation, foot and ankle injuries, and broken bones in the leg.The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons suggests these safety tips: