US president -elect Joe Biden has a foot fracture and will likely have to wear a medical boot , his team said Sunday after the 78 – year -old was taken to the doctor because he had slipped while playing with his dog .
Biden , who will become the oldest US president upon his January swearing -in, suffered the injury Saturday with Major , one of his two German shepherds .
The president -elect ’s personal physician Kevin O ’Connor initially said x -rays had not uncovered any “ obvious fracture ” , but added that an additional CT scan would still be done .
That scan “ confirmed hairline ( small) fractures … in the mid -foot , ” O’ Connor said in a subsequent statement released by Biden ’ s office.
He added that the former vice president , who won election against Donald Trump in November , “ will likely require a walking boot for several weeks ” .
With both Biden and Trump in their 70 s , age was an issue in the presidential race, even if it often took a backseat to pressing matters like the Covid- 19 pandemic.
Trump ’ s health was briefly of intense concern when he caught Covid-19 , but the president resumed campaigning after getting a series of treatments — including an experimental antibody cocktail .
Trump , a famously finicky germophobe , was the first president in over a century to not have a dog.
The Bidens fostered and then adopted Major in 2018 , while Champ has been with the family since 2008 .
Biden officials have said Major will become the first rescue dog to live in the White House .