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Oh D, Arjandas M, Lim KBL, Lee EH
Correspondence: Dr Derrick Oh, firstname.lastname@example.org
Introduction Heelys, a type of shoes with stealth wheels, are extremely popular among children in Singapore. The widespread availability of cheap imitations has led to a proliferation of young users. Coupled with a total lack of safety equipment and instructions, these shoes can lead to significant injuries. The purpose of this study was to examine the incidence and type of injuries sustained by children using Heelys.
Methods During a seven-month period from February to August 2004, all children treated at the Paediatric Orthopaedic Department of the KK Women's and Children's Hospital, were asked if the injury was sustained while "heeling". All the patients were reviewed by the authors. A total of 37 patients with significant injuries sustained while "heeling" were identified. Their radiographs and clinical charts were reviewed. The patients and/or their parents were also interviewed to obtain additional information.
Results Upper limb injuries were by far the most common. Distal radius fractures and elbow injuries predominated. None of the children used safety gear.
Conclusion "Heeling" can lead to serious injuries despite the relatively low velocity involved. Children and their parents need to be educated on the use of safety gear.
Keywords: children, heeling, Heelys, limb injuries, sports injuries
Singapore Med J 2006; 47(5): 373-375