US President-elect Joe Biden has hairline fractures in his “mid-foot” and will “likely require a walking boot for several weeks”, his doctor said in a statement today, after Mr Biden slipped while playing with his dog, Major.
“Initial x-rays did not show any obvious fracture, but his clinical exam warranted more detailed imaging,” Dr Kevin O’Connor said.
“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.”
US President-elect Joe Biden and his dog Major. (AP)
Earlier, Mr 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 the dog.
Mr 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 Mr Biden’s medical history, which showed the former vice president was healthy and fit for the presidency.
An armed motorcade takes President-Elect Joe Biden to see a specialist after he slipped while playing with his dog. (AP)
The release included the results of a physical exam by Dr O’Connor, Mr Biden’s primary care doctor since 2009 and the director of executive medicine at The George Washington Medical Faculty Associates.
Dr O’Connor wrote that Mr Biden is “a healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of 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 Mr Biden became vice president-elect.
– reported with CNN