The president-elect has been wearing a boot since his injury last month

By Virginia Chamlee
December 14, 2020 02:32 PM
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President-elect Joe Biden departs The Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware, on Dec. 1.
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Joe Biden is on the mend after breaking his foot while playing with his German shepherd Major.

Biden, 78, has been wearing a boot since the injury, which he sustained in late November. Though Biden's physician had said that initial scans "did not show any obvious fracture," later examinations revealed hairline fractures in the former vice president's right foot. 

On Saturday, Biden underwent a follow-up CT scan at Pennsylvania Hospital, with his physician telling reporters the procedure was routine.

A pool report from Saturday noted that Biden made his way into that appointment "slowly" and "appeared to be slightly limping."

In an statement released to the press, Dr. Kevin O’Connor said Biden's "initial discomfort and swelling are decreased," but medical professionals still needed to observe how the injury could withstand the pressure of standing.

Following the scan, O'Connor said the results were encouraging: “The small fracture in the intermediate cuneiform is barely detectable and the small fracture in the lateral cuneiform is healing as expected. No more extensive injury was identified.”

Biden's injury was sustained while playing with Major, a rescue who was adopted from the Delaware Humane Association in 2018.

The fall occurred just days after his 78th birthday, which will make Biden the oldest commander-in-chief in U.S. history (a record previously held by outgoing President Donald Trump).

President-elect Joe Biden
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In a recent interview with CNN, Biden recounted the story of how he fell.

“What happened was I got out of the shower. I got a dog and anybody who’s been around my house knows — dropped, little pup dropped a ball in front of me. And for me to grab the ball,” Biden told Jake Tapper. “And I’m walking through this little alleyway to get to the bedroom. And I grabbed the ball ... and he ran."

Biden continued: "And I’m joking, running after him and grab his tail. And what happened was that he slid on a throw rug. And I tripped on the rug he slid on. That’s what happened. Oh man, not a very exciting story.”

Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, have another German shepherd, Champ, and have announced plans to bring a cat with them to the White House in January.

Major will be the first rescue dog to live in the White House.