Friday, 22 Jan 2021

Joe Biden fractures foot while playing with dog and will probably need to wear a boot

President-elect Joe Biden has fractured his foot while playing with one of his dogs and will likely need to wear a boot for several weeks, his doctor has said.

Mr Biden visited an orthopaedist in Newark, Delaware, on Sunday afternoon after suffering the injury the day before.

A CT scan found tiny fractures of two small bones in the middle of his right foot, his doctor Kevin O’Connor said in a statement.

Joe Biden will be the first president to take a rescue dog into the White House. Credit: Delaware Humane Association Instagram

“It is anticipated that he will likely require a walking boot for several weeks,” Mr O’Connor added.

The Democrat’s political opponent Donald Trump later tweeted him to say “Get well soon”, in a move considered surprising by some.

Mr Biden was spotted limping as he left the doctor’s office for his CT scan, although he did not use a crutch or walking aid.

Wearing a mask and casual clothing, he seemed in good spirits as he waved to reporters.

The president-elect had been playing with his dog, Major, when he sustained the injury.

Major was adopted from a rescue centre in 2018, meaning that in January he will be the first rescue dog to live in the White House.

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The Bidens also have another dog, Champ, and have said they plan to get a cat.

At 78, Mr Biden will be the oldest president when he is inaugurated in January, although he has frequently brushed off questions about his age.

In a doctor’s report he released last year, he was described as “healthy, vigorous” and “fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency”.

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