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.

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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