US president cleared for exercise after foot fractures healed
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"The President received routine follow up x-rays today. Both small fractures of his foot are completely healed," Dr Kevin O'Connor said following Biden's visit to Delaware Orthopedic Specialists earlier Saturday.
"This injury has healed as expected, and he will return to his usual exercise regimen," added O'Connor, who has been Biden's primary care doctor since 2009 and is the director of executive medicine at The George Washington Medical Faculty Associates.
In an earlier statement Saturday, O'Connor said that Biden's "symptoms have improved as expected, and he is adhering to a strict physical therapy regimen."
"As we explained initially, sprains of the foot can sometimes be a more significant injury than the bony fractures which accompany them. This x-ray is to check to assure that he has achieved good ligamentous stability," O'Connor said, explaining the reason behind the "10-week post-injury weight-bearing X-ray."
At the time of the injury, Biden had just celebrated his 78th birthday on November 20, and was set to become the oldest president in US history.
O'Connor wrote at the time that Biden is "a healthy, vigorous" man "who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency."