He celebrated his 78th birthday on November 20, and in January he becomes the oldest president in the history of the United States. By then, he hopes, his foot injury, which he sustained while playing with one of his two dogs, should also heal. President-elect Joe Biden slipped, fell and sprained his ankle while playing with his dog at home in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday.
On Sunday, Biden visited an orthopedic surgeon – “out of great caution,” as it was called from his office. The doctor could not see any major fractures on X-rays. But what he recognized: hairline cracks in two small foot bones, so-called “cuneiform bones”.
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. The doctor leaves it open as to whether Biden will have to wear the support shoe when he is inaugurated on January 20 and hobble into the White House.
Trump: «Get well soon!»
The then resigning US President Donald Trump (74) wished his victorious opponent via Twitter “get well soon!” – and linked a video showing Biden limping slightly after the doctor’s visit:
With major and champ in the White House
The designated US President has always made it a priority that he is fit enough for the presidency. During the election campaign, Biden published his medical history. His family doctor described Biden as “a healthy, strong, 77-year-old man who is able to successfully carry out the duties of the presidency.”
Now the 78-year-old got injured while playing with his dog Major. Besides Champ, Major is one of the two German Shepherds that the Bidens have adopted. Major joined the soon-to-be presidential family in November 2018, and Champ has lived with the Bidens since December 2008, weeks after Biden was elected vice president.
The Democrat Biden and his wife Jill want to move into the White House with the sheepdogs in January. The Bidens are also reportedly planning to have a cat.