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Mayor Thomas M. Menino breaks toe, put in protective boot

Mayor Thomas M. Menino broke a toe on his left foot and will be forced to wear a protective boot for several weeks, his spokesman said yesterday.

Menino did not fall or drop anything on the toe, but had an aching left foot.

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He went to the doctor earlier this week, according to the spokesman, John Guilfoil.

“The mayor had noticed some pain in his left foot recently,’’ Guilfoil said. “He had it checked out, and they found a broken toe.’’

Menino began wearing the boot Wednesday, when he flew to Florida for a weeklong vacation that will include time at Red Sox spring training in Fort Myers.

The injury is a setback for the 69-year-old mayor, who had rebounded last year after a series of unrelated health problems.

After winning reelection to an unprecedented fifth term in 2009, Menino underwent emergency surgery because of a severed tendon in his left knee.

A little more than a year later, he was immobilized again following surgery on his right knee.

The injuries forced the mayor to curb his hectic public schedule until he recovered.

The broken toe is not expected to take the same toll.

“It’s a minor inconvenience,’’ Guilfoil said.

Andrew Ryan can be reached at acryan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globeandrewryan.
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