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Joe Biden's boot is gone less than a week after he fractured his foot

Joe Biden was not wearing his medical boot on Thursday, less than a week after fracturing his right foot while playing with his dog. 

The president-elect was wearing mismatched shoes when he arrived at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware, to tape an interview with CNN.

Biden, 78, wore a slip-on suede shoe on his injured foot and a black dress shoe on his healthy foot. The slip-on was a Men's Nohea Mesh Slip-O by Olukai and retails for $90. 

He suffered small fractures in his right foot over the weekend while playing with his German Shepard, Major. His doctor said he'd have to wear a medical boot for 'several weeks.' 

Biden on Thursday told CNN's Jake Tapper he got the injury while chasing his dog after getting 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 explained.  

'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,' he added. 

Biden on Thursday told CNN's Jake Tapper he got the injury by slipping on rug while chasing his German Shepard, Major, after getting out of the shower

President-elect Joe Biden (left and right with Major in 2018) fractured his foot while playing with his dog Major and will require a walking boot for several weeks, according to his doctor

Joe Biden was not wearing his medical boot on Thursday, less than a week after fracturing his right foot

He told CNN the boot would be back.

'I wear the big boot most of the time but when it comes down here it's just kind of clumsy so they gave me this little thing to work,' he said referring to his slip-on shoe.

The president-elect was seen wearing the boot for the first time Tuesday, when he arrived at The Queen theater in Wilmington to introduce his economic team. 

He thanked reporters for asking how he was doing and raised his foot to show off his medical gear. When a reported asked how he felt he said 'good.'

He arrived at his economic event walking slowly but without a noticeable limp. He stood at a podium to make his opening remarks but, in contrast to last week's event where he introduced his national security team, there was a table and chairs for the president-elect to sit while his new economic team spoke. 

But after standing to speak for about 15 minutes Biden limped visibly as he went to sit down after introducing his choice as Treasury Secretary, former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.

Biden suffered the injury on Saturday and visited an orthopedist at Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists in Newark, Delaware, for an examination Sunday afternoon, his office said.  

The president-elect was wearing a slip-on suede shoe on his injured foot and a black dress shoe on his healthy foot

President-elect Joe Biden raised his foot to show off the medical boot on Tuesday

Doctors want Joe Biden to wear the boot for several weeks 

Joe Biden points to his injured foot, where he's wearing a surgical boot

As Biden was getting ready to leave the doctor's office on Sunday evening, he was photographed by NBC News getting into a vehicle. 

President Donald Trump later retweeted NBC's video and surprisingly wrote to Biden: 'Get well soon!' 

Initially, Dr Kevin O'Connor said Biden 'sustained a sprain of his right foot' and that there was 'no obvious fracture'.

But a subsequent CT scan 'confirmed 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. 

Biden's office said he was taken to the doctor 'out of an abundance of caution'.

Fractures are a concern generally as people age, but Biden's appears to be a relatively mild one based on his doctor's statement and the planned treatment. 

Shortly after Biden visited the doctor, the Instagram fan page for Biden's dogs, @first_dogs_usa, shared an 'apology' from Major. 'Paw my god! Dad @JoeBiden, I’m so, sooo sorry I pulled super hard when we played tug-of-war earlier,' the post reads 

At 78 he will become the oldest president when he's inaugurated in January; he often dismissed questions about his age during the campaign. 

He released a doctor's report in December that disclosed he takes a statin to keep his cholesterol at healthy levels, but his doctor described him as 'healthy, vigorous' and 'fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency'.  

Reporters covering the president-elect were not afforded the opportunity to see Biden enter the doctor's office, despite multiple requests. 

Images showed Biden's motorcade arriving to the Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists office on Sunday afternoon and leaving Sunday night.

Secret Service agents were seen standing outside the office as a doctor had a look at Biden's injury. 

Biden was playing with Major, one of the Bidens' two dogs, when he sprained his ankle. 

The Bidens adopted Major in 2018, and acquired their first dog, Champ, after the 2008 election. 

Biden officials have said Major will become the first rescue dog to live in the White House. 

The Bidens have said they'll be bringing their dogs to the White House and also plan to get a cat. 

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