President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. visited an orthopedic surgeon in Newark, Delaware Sunday afternoon after twisting his ankle with his dog while playing with one of his dogs over the holiday weekend, an injury his doctor said this led to hair fractures, where he had to wear a boot for several weeks.
Although the first x-rays showed no obvious fracture, a “CT follow-up scan confirmed (small) hair fractures of the lateral and intermediate sphenoid bones of President-elect Biden, which are located in the metatarsus,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor, the director of executive medicine at GW Medical Faculty Associates, said in a statement distributed by Mr. Biden’s office.
Mr. Biden left the doctor’s office shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Sunday after a little over two hour visit, and then went to an imaging center for a short time to do the additional CT. A Biden spokesman said the president-elect had scheduled the follow-up on Sunday to avoid disrupting his schedule on Monday.
Mr Biden is already in a difficult transition period after the head of the General Services Administration failed to officially recognize the results of the presidential election for weeks after election day, temporarily removing Mr Biden access to federal funds and preventing his advisors from starting coordination with Trump Administrative officers.
A van was maneuvered to prevent reporters and photographers from seeing Mr. Biden as he entered the doctor’s office.
The dog Mr. Biden was playing with when he was injured is Major, a German Shepherd that the Bidens fostered and then adopted in 2018. They have another German Shepherd, Champ, and have announced plans to have a cat when they move to the White House next year as well.