Presumptive President-elect Joe Biden will be in a cast for several weeks after a fall over the weekend left him with hairline fractures in his right foot, Fox News reported.
Biden, who at 78 will be the oldest U.S. president if he’s inaugurated on Jan. 20, initially sought medical treatment Saturday after slipping while playing with his dog, Major, at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, the report said.
According to CNN, the injury initially was thought to be a sprain. On Sunday — “out of an abundance of caution,” Biden’s team said — the Democratic candidate saw an orthopedist, where scans revealed the fractures.
“Initial x-rays are reassuring that there is no obvious fracture and he will be getting an additional CT for more detailed imaging,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a statement.
“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.”
Major is one of two German shepherds the Bidens own.
Build Bark Better.
— Dr. Jill Biden (@DrBiden) August 26, 2020
“Fractures are a concern generally as people age, but Biden’s appears to be a relatively mild one based on his doctor’s statement and the planned treatment,” The Associated Press reported.
“At 78 he will be the oldest president when he’s inaugurated in January; he often dismissed questions about his age during the campaign.
“Reporters covering the president-elect were not afforded the opportunity to see Biden enter the doctor’s office Sunday, despite multiple requests. Leaving the doctor’s office to head to an imaging center for his CT scan, Biden was visibly limping, though he walked without a crutch or other aid.”
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