President-elect Joe Biden will wear an orthopedic walking boot for several weeks after getting hairline fractures in his right foot while playing with his dog on Saturday, The Hill reported, citing Biden transition team members.
Biden was playing with Major, one of his two German shepherds, when he slipped and fell.
His primary care doctor, Kevin O’Connor, MD, issued a statement saying Biden was diagnosed with a sprained ankle but would need more tests, The Hill said. On Sunday, he got another X-ray and a CT scan.
“Initial X-rays did not show any obvious fracture, but his clinical exam warranted more detailed imaging. Follow-up CT scan confirmed hairline 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,” O’Connor said.
Biden’s overall health is good, according to a medical assessment released by O’Connor in December 2019, which called Biden “vigorous” and fit to take on the responsibilities to be president.
Biden, who turned 78 last week, will be the oldest person to become president when he takes the oath of office on Jan. 20. Before Biden, Donald Trump at 70 was the oldest.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted a news video of Biden leaving an orthopedic office in Delaware with the message, “Get well soon!”
O’Connor also posted on Biden’s website that Biden and his wife recently tested negative for COVID-19.
The Hill: “Biden diagnosed with fractured foot after slipping while playing with dog.”
JoeBiden.com: “Statement by Dr. Kevin O’Connor.”