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Joe Biden suffers hairline fractures after twisting his ankle playing with dog, his doctor says

Brandon Holveck
Delaware News Journal

President-elect Joe Biden fractured his foot while playing with his dog, an injury his doctor said on Sunday will require him to wear a walking boot for several weeks.

Biden twisted his right ankle Saturday afternoon. His office reported the injury Sunday, saying the 78-year-old was being examined "out of an abundance of caution." Biden arrived at Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists on Old Churchmans Road in Stanton shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday.

He left around 6:30 p.m. to go to an imaging center for an additional scan. Reporters said Biden was visibly limping when he left the doctor's office, but was walking without a crutch or other aid. A van blocked reporters and photographers from seeing Biden enter the facility.

A secret service vehicle is parked in front of Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists in Stanton.

Though initial x-rays showed no fracture, a follow-up CT scan found hairline fractures in his lateral and intermediate cuneiform bones (found midfoot), according to Dr. Kevin O’Connor, the director of executive medicine at GW Medical Faculty Associates and Biden's personal doctor.

"It is anticipated that he will likely require a walking boot for several weeks," O'Connor said in a statement. 

Joe Biden adopted Major in 2018 from the Delaware Humane Society.

Biden was playing with Major, one of his two German shepherds, according to his office. The Biden family adopted Major from the Delaware Humane Association in 2018, 10 years after acquiring their first dog, Champ.

The Bidens have said they plan to bring their dogs to the White House, which would make Major the first rescue dog to live in the White House. The Bidens have also announced plans to get a cat when they move to Pennsylvania Avenue.

Contact Brandon Holveck at bholveck@delawareonline.com. Follow him on Twitter @holveck_brandon.