WILMINGTON, Dela – Elected President Joe Biden broke his right leg while playing with one of his dogs. The injury was discovered during a Sunday screening and he will likely have to wear shoes for several weeks, his doctor said.
Biden suffered the injury on Saturday and visited an orthopedist in Newark, Delaware, on Sunday afternoon, his office said.
“The initial x-ray showed no obvious fracture,” but medical staff ordered a more detailed CT scan, said his doctor, Kevin O’Connor. Subsequent examination found tiny fractures of two small bones in the middle of his right leg, O’Connor said.
“It’s expected that you’ll probably need walking boots for several weeks,” O’Connor said.
Fractures are usually a concern as people age, but Biden’s symptoms appear relatively mild based on the doctor’s statement and planned treatment. He will be the oldest president at the age of 78 when he inaugurates in January; he often rejected age-related questions during the campaign.
Journalists describing the elected president did not have the opportunity for Biden to enter the doctor’s office on Sunday, despite repeated requests. Leaving the doctor’s office to head to an imaging center for his CT scan, Biden was visibly limping, though he was walking without a crutch or other aid.
Biden was injured by Major, one of Bidens’ two dogs. They adopted Major in 2018 and acquired their first dog, Champot, after the 2008 election. Bidens said they are taking their dogs to the White House and also planning a cat.
Last December, he published a medical report that said he was taking statins to keep his cholesterol levels healthy, but his doctor had proven to be “healthy, powerful” and “fit for successful presidency duties”.
Associated Press writer Zeke Miller contributed to this report.