Former Vice President Joe Biden twisted his ankle over the weekend while playing with his dog, Major, and he had multiple hairline fractures in his foot.
According to Biden’s long-standing specialist, Kevin O’Connor, the original X-rays did not reveal any significant fractures. A follow-up examination, however, showed the fractures.
“Initial X-rays are reassuring that there is no obvious fracture and he will be getting an additional CT for more detailed imaging,” O’Connor said in a statement. “Follow-up CT scan confirmed hairline (small) fractures of President-elect Biden’s lateral and intermediate cuneiform bones, which are in the mid-foot.”
“It is anticipated that he will likely require a walking boot for several weeks,” O’Connor said.
Earlier in the day, Biden’s team said he would be seen by an orthopedist “out of an abundance of caution.” After leaving the doctor’s office, Biden was “visibly limping,” the Associated Press reported.
Major is one of two German Shepherd dogs that will live with the Bidens in the White House. The couple adopted the dog in 2018, according to the AP. Their other dog is Champ. The Bidens have also stated they plan to have a cat during their tenure at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.