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Roller shoes, also referred to as Heelys or Street Gliders, are a type of sneaker that has a detachable or convertible wheel in the heel. The wearer can lean back and glide on the wheels as well as walk.
According to a study in Pediatrics, 67 children suffered broken wrists, broken bones in the arm, elbow dislocation, foot and ankle injuries, and broken leg bones in Dublin, Ireland, during the summer of 2006.
The study also found that children were most frequently injured falling backward or forward while they were shifting body weight and balancing on the wheels. Most of the injuries happened outside.
Besides putting children at risk of injury, some studies suggest that walking in roller shoes with the wheel can alter how your kids walk. According to the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, analysis of roller shoes demonstrates increased forefoot and rear-foot pressure while walking with the wheel. Roller shoes also cause a diminished heel strike and more rapid forefoot loading.
Researchers found that 20 percent of the injuries occurred the first time the child tried to use the roller shoes and 36 percent occurred while they were learning to use them.
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UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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