Joe Biden gives thumbs-up as he walks out of Philadelphia hospital after follow-up exam on his foot

Joe Biden gave a thumbs-up as he walked out of a Philadelphia hospital after a follow-up exam on his foot which he fractured while playing with his pet dog Major.

The President-elect, 78, appeared to be limping slightly as he left Pennsylvania Hospital around midday Saturday where he had undergone a special CT scan on his injured right foot. 

Biden’s doctor confirmed Saturday that he is on the mend, with the small fracture ‘healing as expected’.

He suffered small fractures in his right foot two weeks ago while chasing his beloved German Shephard Major when he got out of the shower. 

His doctor said at the time that he would likely have to wear a medical boot for ‘several weeks’ and he was first spotted wearing it at The Queen theater in Wilmington to introduce his economic team on December 1. 

Joe Biden gave a thumbs-up as he walked out of a Philadelphia hospital after a follow-up exam on his foot which he fractured while playing with his pet dog Major

Joe Biden gave a thumbs-up as he walked out of a Philadelphia hospital after a follow-up exam on his foot which he fractured while playing with his pet dog Major

The President-elect, 78, appeared to be limping slightly as he left Pennsylvania Hospital around midday Saturday

The President-elect, 78, appeared to be limping slightly as he left Pennsylvania Hospital around midday Saturday

Biden gives a thumbs-up to reporters outside the Philadelphia hospital Saturday

Biden gives a thumbs-up to reporters outside the Philadelphia hospital Saturday

But the clunky boot was nowhere in sight as Biden attended his follow-up exam Saturday. 

Biden left his home in Delaware at around 10:30 a.m. Saturday, making the drive to Pennsylvania Hospital where he arrived around 11:20 a.m. 

He entered the hospital alone for the routine two-week check-up appointment with the radiology department, wearing a dark suit and face mask, before emerging around an hour later.

The Democrat gave a thumbs-up to reporters as he walked gingerly back to the car. 

An excited maskless Biden supporter was seen shouting and waving at the President-elect from down the sidewalk. 

Biden turned to him, waving and gesturing back at him.  

Biden’s physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor released a statement following the hospital trip saying the results were ‘encouraging’.   

Biden suffered small fractures in his right foot two weeks ago while chasing his beloved German Shephard Major (above) when he got out of the shower. His doctor said at the time that he would likely have to wear a medical boot for 'several weeks' and he was first spotted wearing it at The Queen theater in Wilmington to introduce his economic team on December 1.

Biden suffered small fractures in his right foot two weeks ago while chasing his beloved German Shephard Major (above) when he got out of the shower. His doctor said at the time that he would likely have to wear a medical boot for ‘several weeks’ and he was first spotted wearing it at The Queen theater in Wilmington to introduce his economic team on December 1.

Major will become the first rescue dog to live in the White House after the Bidens adopted him in 2018

Major will become the first rescue dog to live in the White House after the Bidens adopted him in 2018

‘Weight-bearing CT results were very encouraging,’ he said.

‘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.’

O’Connor said earlier that the appointment was ‘consistent with our original plan’ and involved a ‘special CT scanner which is able to obtain a “weight-bearing” image’. 

‘Now that the initial discomfort and swelling are decreased, it is important to observe the structures within the mid foot under the actual pressure of standing,’ he said.

‘This is the best way to assure ankle and foot stability.’

The openness about the appointment and willingness to let pool reporters cover the event came after members of the press were not given the opportunity to attend his first doctor’s visit, despite multiple requests.

Biden walks as he walked out of the hospital where he had undergone a special CT scan on his injured right foot

Biden walks as he walked out of the hospital where he had undergone a special CT scan on his injured right foot

Biden's doctor confirmed Saturday that he is on the mend, with the small fracture 'healing as expected'

The clunky medical boot he was seen wearing two weeks back was nowhere in sight

Biden’s doctor confirmed Saturday that he is on the mend, with the small fracture ‘healing as expected’. The clunky medical boot he was seen wearing two weeks back was nowhere in sight

He entered the hospital alone for the routine two-week check-up appointment with the radiology department, wearing a dark suit and face mask

He entered the hospital alone for the routine two-week check-up appointment with the radiology department, wearing a dark suit and face mask

An excited maskless Biden supporter was seen shouting and waving at the President-elect from down the sidewalk

An excited maskless Biden supporter was seen shouting and waving at the President-elect from down the sidewalk

Biden suffered the injury on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend and visited an orthopedist at Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists in Newark, Delaware, the following afternoon ‘out of an abundance of caution’.    

He told CNN about the mishap days later, saying he started playing with Major when he stepped out of the shower.  

‘The little pup dropped the ball in front of me for me to grab the ball… and I grabbed the ball like this, and he ran,’ Biden said.  

‘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, that’s not a very exciting story.’  

Biden pictured in a medical boot on December 1 days after he suffered the injury while playing with his dog

Biden pictured in a medical boot on December 1 days after he suffered the injury while playing with his dog 

His physician initially said he had suffered ‘a sprain of his right foot’ and that there was ‘no obvious fracture’.

But a CT scan later revealed he had ‘hairline (small) fractures of President-elect Biden’s lateral and intermediate cuneiform bones, which are in the mid-foot,’ according to a statement from O’Connor.

‘It is anticipated that he will likely require a walking boot for several weeks,’ O’Conner added.  

He was first seen wearing the medical boot on December 1, where he introduced his picks for the economic team but has been seen without it since.

Meanwhile, the Instagram account for Biden’s pooches revealed Major, who will become the first rescue dog to live in the White House after the Bidens adopted him in 2018, has been forgiven for the accident. 

The Instagram account for Biden's pooches revealed Major has been forgiven for the accident

The Instagram account for Biden’s pooches revealed Major has been forgiven for the accident

Major's adopted brother Champ (above), which the Bidens gave a home after the 2008 election, was pictured getting up to mischief of his own Saturday

Major’s adopted brother Champ (above), which the Bidens gave a home after the 2008 election, was pictured getting up to mischief of his own Saturday

Champ and Naomi Biden's dog Charlie (above) were pictured playing tug of war with a Donald Trump doll in snaps shared on social media

Champ and Naomi Biden’s dog Charlie (above) were pictured playing tug of war with a Donald Trump doll in snaps shared on social media

'Awoooof! I hope you¿ll enjoy these pics of me, Champ & Charlie First Grandpupper. @NaomiBiden took these during our #tugofwar match,' it read. 'Champ was the champion - some names are predestined. Just like winning, in a landslide, by a record number of votes. #ByeDon #YoureFired #DOTUS'

‘Awoooof! I hope you’ll enjoy these pics of me, Champ & Charlie First Grandpupper. @NaomiBiden took these during our #tugofwar match,’ it read. ‘Champ was the champion – some names are predestined. Just like winning, in a landslide, by a record number of votes. #ByeDon #YoureFired #DOTUS’

‘I have been furrgiven for the ankle incident. That white dot on my nose is dry yoghurt. Dad @JoeBiden gave me some earlier,’ @first_dogs_usa wrote this week.

‘Also, I would like to repawssert my pawsition as first shelter doggo to go to the White House and ask all hoomans to please #AdoptDon’tShop. Woof!’ 

Major’s adopted brother Champ, which the Bidens gave a home after the 2008 election, was pictured getting up to mischief of his own Saturday.

Champ and Naomi Biden’s dog Charlie were pictured playing tug of war with a Donald Trump doll in snaps shared on social media. 

‘Awoooof! I hope you’ll enjoy these pics of me, Champ & Charlie First Grandpupper. @NaomiBiden took these during our #tugofwar match,’ it read.

‘Champ was the champion – some names are predestined. Just like winning, in a landslide, by a record number of votes. #ByeDon #YoureFired #DOTUS’.

Meanwhile, Biden’s injury hasn’t stopped him plowing ahead with his transition to power as he has announced several of his cabinet picks in recent weeks. 

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