Warning: Popular wheeled shoes dangerous

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

Parents, pay attention: do you know those trendy 'wheeled' sneakers your kids all want?

It turns out they're more dangerous than you may have thought.

It's called "heeling," named after Heelys, the most popular brand of shoes with wheels. They're sold in 70 countries and are so hot that Carrollton, Texas-based Heelys, Incorporated recently landed atop Business Week's annual list of fastest growing companies.

But the journal of pediatrics reports that over a ten-week period last summer in just one hospital that 67 children were treated for injuries from Heelys or strap-on wheels called street gliders.

Now the American Academy of Orthopedic 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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  • by Hey Richie From Sherman Location: Mike Snell from Wal-Mart (store mgr) on Jun 19, 2007 at 05:32 PM
    You suck real bad girl get a life baned them shoes
  • by Rhonda Location: Pottsboro on Jun 17, 2007 at 09:51 AM
    I say Thanks, for the WARNING! Yes, parents should have common sense & kids should be wearing protective gear but all the kids I have seen wearing them are not wearing protective gear. But the kids want them so give it to them - that is what is wrong with our society & alot of children these days. The PARENTS!
  • by Richie Location: Sherman on Jun 5, 2007 at 02:30 PM
    Do you know the greatest cause of death? LIFE Geez, it's a wonder the previous generations survived.
  • by anonymous Location: Durant Ok on Jun 4, 2007 at 09:28 PM
    Does the word "duh" mean anything. Good grief people. All that the shoes are, are skates if you think about it. And what do we wear with skates?...thats right safety equipment!!! Anyone with any brains at all would know that.
  • by Mom Location: formerly Sherman on Jun 4, 2007 at 06:36 PM
    My daughter has been wearing heelys for 6 months and not once has she injured herself. I agree with both comments above. Common sense, and parental guidance. Set limits. We didn't wear protective gear of any kind with skateboards, bicycles, or skates. We survived. I think "warnings" are getting out of control. Parents need to take control of what their kids do and set limits in all matters.
  • by Ray Location: Durant on Jun 4, 2007 at 02:24 PM
    Just how are Heelys any different from the roller skates we grew up with or even roller blades of the 90's. People it just takes common sense unless you are flat on your feet use some safety items.
  • by Heather Location: Sherman on Jun 4, 2007 at 09:00 AM
    Gosh, they should just issue a safety warning about going outside period. It's so dangerous. Who knows the sky might fall. Jeez, people. Get a grip. They're shoes with lil itty bitty wheels. Not nearly as dangerous as stuff we used to pull. Maybe if your kids can't figure them out they shouldn't be heeling.
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