“The initial x-rays showed no obvious fractures, but his clinical examination warranted more detailed imaging,” Dr Kevin O’Connor said Sunday. “The follow-up CT scan confirmed (small) hairline fractures of President-elect Biden’s lateral and middle wedge bones, which are in the midfoot. It is anticipated that he will likely need a walking boot for several weeks. ”
Earlier on Sunday, Biden’s office said he would be checked out by an orthopedist “out of caution” after twisting his ankle while playing with the dog.
Biden, who celebrated his 78th birthday on Nov.20, is expected to be the longest-serving president in U.S. history.
The release included the results of a physical exam by O’Connor, Biden’s primary care physician since 2009 and director of executive medicine at The George Washington Medical Faculty Associates.
O’Connor wrote that Biden is “a healthy, vigorous 77-year-old man fit to successfully serve as President.”
The Biden family have two dogs, Major and Champ, both German Shepherds.
The Bidens welcomed a Major from the Delaware Humane Association and made it official in November 2018. Champ joined the Biden family during the presidential transition in December 2008, weeks after Biden became vice president-elect.
This story has been updated with additional developments.
CNN’s Betsy Klein and Eric Bradner contributed to this report.