New warnings on roller shoes

April 18, 2008 3:14:39 PM PDT
The footwear is a "must have" for many students, but it may be sending them to the emergency room.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says roller shoes, sold under names like Heelys, are to blame for 16-hundred emergency room visits in 2006.

Many accidents happen when kids are just learning to get their balance.

Dr. Robert Bruce, a pediatric orthopedist at Emory University School of Medicine, says "They typically just fall backwards, their feet come right out from under them."

In the past year, Dr. Robert Bruce has had about 20 young patients with roller shoe injuries


He describes them as, "Fractures, broken bones, more frequently elbows than wrists - but wrists and elbows mostly."

Dr. Bruce says protective gear, such as elbow pads and wrist guards, would cut down on injuries, but his patients weren't wearing them.