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Heelys – a popular sneaker marketed to kids may lead to injures.

Heelys are trendy wheeled sneakers — a new breed of roller skates, if you will. However fun these sneakers may be, their rise in popularity has also seen a rise in injuries. Even some retail stores have banned them.

For example, over a ten week period last summer, 67 children were treated for injuries due to falls while using Heelys. Desite safety precautions and a how-to manual posted on the manufacturer’s website, parents are failing to make sure their children were the appropriate protective gear when “heeling.” Parents who buy these shoes for their kids must insist that their children wear helmets, wrist protectors and knee and elbow pads.

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