WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden’s doctor says he will likely require a walking boot after slipping while playing with his family’s dog over the weekend.
Dr. Kevin O’Connor, Biden’s primary care doctor since 2009, says the 78-year-old has a hairline fractures in his “mid-foot.”
“Initial x-rays did not show any obvious fracture, but his clinical exam warranted more detailed imaging,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor said Sunday. “Follow-up CT scan confirmed hairline (small) fractures of President-elect Biden’s lateral and intermediate cuneiform bones, which are in the mid-foot. It is anticipated that he will likely require a walking boot for several weeks.”
Earlier Sunday, Biden’s office announced he was going to be examined by an orthopedist “out of an abundance of caution” after he twisted his ankle playing with his dog Major on Saturday.
Biden, who celebrated his 78th birthday on November 20, is set to be the oldest president in US history.
During the campaign, the Biden campaign released a summary of Biden’s medical history, which showed the former vice president was healthy and fit for the presidency.
The Biden family has two dogs, Major and Champ, both German Shepherds.
The Bidens fostered Major from the Delaware Humane Association and made his adoption official in November 2018. Champ joined the Biden family during the presidential transition in December 2008, weeks after Biden became vice president-elect.