President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. twisted his ankle while playing One of his dogs over the holiday weekend, an injury his doctor said Sunday resulted in hairline cracks in his foot that would most likely force him to wear walking shoes for several weeks.
Although the first x-rays showed no obvious fracture, a “CT follow-up scan confirmed (small) hair fractures of the lateral and intermediate sphenoid bones of President-elect Biden, which are located in the metatarsus,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor, the director of executive medicine at GW Medical Faculty Associates, said in a statement distributed by Mr. Biden’s office.
Mr. Biden visited an orthopedic surgeon in Newark, Delaware, for a little over two hours on Sunday afternoon and left just before 6:30 p.m. and go to an imaging center for additional CT for a short time. A Biden spokesman said the president-elect had scheduled the follow-up on Sunday to avoid disrupting his schedule on Monday. A van was maneuvered to prevent reporters and photographers from seeing Mr. Biden as he entered the doctor’s office.
78-year-old Biden is already in a difficult transition period after the head of the General Services Administration failed to officially recognize the results of the presidential election for weeks after Election Day, which temporarily removed Mr Biden from federal funding and prevented his advisers from starting Coordination with Trump administration officials.
President Trump, who refused to allow Mr. Biden to reposted on twitter NBC News video of Mr. Biden leaving the doctor’s office on Sunday, adding, “Get well soon!”
Mr Biden slipped and injured on Saturday while playing with Major, a German Shepherd dog that the Bidens adopted in 2018. They have another German Shepherd, Champ, and have announced plans to have a cat when they move to the White House next year.
Mr Trump did not have a pet during his four years in the White House.