Updated Nov 29, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Joe Biden fractures foot while playing with his dog

Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images

Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden was left with hairline fractures in his foot and will require a walking boot after slipping while playing with his dog Major on Saturday, his office announced on Sunday.

Details: Kevin O'Connor, Biden's doctor, originally said that the president-elect had "sustained a sprain of his right foot" and initial X-rays showed "no obvious fracture," per pool reports.

  • "A follow-up CT scan confirmed hairline (small) fractures of President-elect Biden’s lateral and intermediate cuneiform bones, which are in the mid-foot," O'Connor said in a statement later in the evening.
  • "It is anticipated that he will likely require a walking boot for several weeks."

For the record: Major is one of the Bidens' two German shepherds and will be the first rescue dog to inhabit the White House. The Bidens also plan to get a cat in January.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of Biden's hairline fractures.

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