Joe Biden’s Ankle Injury and Other concerning Health Issues

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President-elect’s ankle injury that happened last weekend is more severe than initially thought.

Last Saturday, the President-elect sustained an injury on his right foot from the fall he suffered while playing with one of his dogs. He was said to be sent immediately to a medical specialist a day after the said incident. 

The official statement send by Biden’s office reads, “On Saturday, November 28, President-elect Biden slipped while playing with his dog Major and twisted his ankle. Out of an abundance of caution, he will be examined this afternoon by an orthopedist.”

On Sunday, November 29, Biden had a check-up with an orthopedist at Delaware Orthopedic Specialist in Newark. On his doctor’s visit, reporters tried to see Biden as he enters the doctor’s office, but despite a series of attempts, they were not allowed, based on the report of Hartford Courant.

The first statement released by Dr. Kevin O’Connor, Biden’s doctor since 2009, says that the President-elect only sustained a “sprain” on his right foot. The doctor further said, “Initial X-rays are reassuring that there is no obvious fracture, and he will be getting an additional CT for more detailed imaging.”

 However, after he went through imaging tests, it revealed a more concerning issue than a simple sprain. 

Biden sustained fractures based on the CT scan results and as confirmed by his doctor.

Dr. 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. “He continued and said, “It is anticipated that he will likely require a walking boot for several weeks.”

In addition to this, O’Connor also claimed that the initial X-ray results did not show these fractures. However, the clinical exam delivered a more detailed outcome. 

Last year, CNN reported Joe Biden’s health based on the reports by Dr. O’Connor. 

Dr. O’Connor said Biden was undergoing treatment for AFid or non-valvular atrial fibrillation, a condition where a person experiences an irregular heartbeat. Although this is the case, the doctor said that Biden does not feel any symptoms related to this. 

On top of said treatment, the President-elect is also taking different medicines to address a list of conditions. This includes Eliquis to prevent blood clots, Crestor to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, Nexium for acid reflux, Allegra, and nasal spray for seasonal allergies. 

The doctor also wrote about Joe Biden’s most significant medical event, which occurred in 1988.

The President-elect had suffered from a brain aneurysm, and as a result, he has undergone surgery. While doing the said surgery, doctors found a second aneurysm that Biden had but hadn’t bled. This was also treated right away. 

While Biden was serving the Senate, he also suffered from a pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. To treat these conditions, doctors inserted an “inferior vena cava filter” to stop future blood clots from reaching his lungs and heart. 

Biden also took oral anticoagulation medicines for several months. 

Multiple Surgeries

In 2003, Biden’s gallbladder was removed. He also underwent a series of surgeries and physical treatments for sports medicine and treated orthopedic injuries, as written by Dr. O’Connor.

To add more, the President-elect also had surgically removed multiple non-melanoma skin cancer lesions, which his doctor describes as probably caused by Biden’s activities on his youth spending a “good deal of time” under the sun.

Joe Biden also had sinus and nasal surgeries.

After the news broke, President Trump wished the President-elect well and wrote on Twitter, “Get well soon!”

In the past few months, Trump focused on Joe Biden’s health conditions and age. At 78 years old, Joe Biden will be the oldest president in United States history. It also makes sense why more and more people are getting concerned about whether he has the mental and physical capacity to fulfill the duties of the President of America.