Playing with Dog Major: Joe Biden sprains his ankle

While playing with his dog, the designated US President Joe Biden (78) fell and had an accident. He has to wear a support shoe for several weeks.

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Joe Biden slipped while playing with his dog.

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A motorcade takes President-elect Joe Biden to a clinic in Delaware.  (November 29, 2020)

A motorcade takes President-elect Joe Biden to a clinic in Delaware. (November 29, 2020)

Reuters/Joshua Robert

The orthopedic surgeons found small stress fractures: security guards in front of the clinic.

The orthopedic surgeons found small stress fractures: security guards in front of the clinic.

Reuters/Joshua Roberts

The elected US President Joe Biden has been playing with his Shepherd dog sprained my right ankle and contracted small stress fractures in the foot. It can therefore be assumed that Biden would have to wear a boot-like orthopedic support shoe “for several weeks”, explained doctor Kevin O’Connor in a statement distributed by Biden’s office. This made it possible that Biden would have to wear the support shoe during his planned inauguration on January 20th.

The “hairline cracks” affected two small foot bones, so-called cuneiform bones (os cuneiforme), as the doctor further explained. Biden first went to an orthopedic surgeon in Newark, Delaware, late on Sunday afternoon. X-rays initially showed no break. The small breaks were then detected during an examination with an MRI scanner.

Dog adopted from shelter

According to his office, the 78-year-old was injured on Saturday while playing with his German Shepherd Major. According to US media reports, Biden had adopted the dog from a shelter in 2018.

Journalists who followed Biden to the practice on Sunday could not see Biden enter the building. A representative from Biden’s office said the president-elect had the injury investigated on Sunday so that his scheduled appointments for Monday would not be affected.

The Democrat Biden and his wife Jill have two sheepdogs, Champ and Major, who are due to move into the White House with them in January. During the election campaign, Biden even made fun of incumbent President Donald Trump in a tweet, because he had previously made derogatory comments about a President’s dogs in the White House. The Bidens also reportedly want to get a cat before moving to the White House.

(SDA / chk)

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