Trickery Afoot: Why Did John McCain’s Walking Boot Change Legs?

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By Dan Lyman

Senator John McCain was treated for an injury to his Achilles, and has been seen wearing a walking boot in the weeks since – however, the boot seems to have mysteriously switched legs, prompting some to wonder if there is trickery afoot.

On November 6, the office of Senator McCain released this statement –

“Senator McCain was treated at Walter Reed Medical Center over the weekend for a minor tear in his right Achilles tendon, as well as for other normal and non-life-threatening side effects of cancer therapy. Senator McCain has returned to work in the Senate and will be wearing a walking boot until his injured tendon is fully healed.”

McCain also tweeted a photo of himself that day, with the caption, “I can’t tell you how much I hate wearing this boot!”

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McCain can be seen wearing a controlled ankle motion medical boot on his right leg.

In a subsequent Tweet on November 14, McCain is wearing the boot, still on his right leg.

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However, when Senator McCain posted a picture of himself and his wife on November 22, the boot had strangely switched to his left leg.

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A plausible explanation for the anomaly is that the photo could have been ‘inverted’ or ‘reversed,’ however, an analysis of other elements of the scene that would also have appeared to change sides, such as the buttons on McCain’s jacket, or the hand upon which his wife’s wedding ring sits, dispels that idea.

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Social media users have offered up a variety of theories as to what may be the reason for the aberration, ranging from McCain quickly recovering from his original injury and then somehow wounding his opposite leg, to the injury having been faked to garner sympathy, to his own confusion as a result of his brain tumor, to the idea that McCain may be concealing an ankle monitor.

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Senator McCain, who is 81-years-old, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer in July, raising questions about his physical and mental fitness to serve in public office.

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