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Deborah Meaden reveals lasting injuries from Strictly as full line-up confirmed

Needs regular steroid injections to keep pain away

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Former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Deborah Meaden has said she still experiences pain in her feet five years after taking part in the show.

The Dragons’ Den star told Closer magazine she needs regular steroid injections to keep the pain at bay following her participation in the 11th series of the BBC One dance competition.

Deborah Meaden, Strictly Come Dancing 2013
Deborah appeared on Strictly’s eleventh series (Credit: Splash)

She said: “I still have permanent pain in the balls of my feet, which is a constant reminder that I did the show. It started after I spent ten hours a day waltzing and I put too much pressure on them.

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“Everybody is injured in some way, but now I need to have steroid injections in my feet to keep me going and keep them supple.”

Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor on Strictly
Deborah was paired with partner Robin Windsor (Credit: BBC One)

Deborah, 59, added she’s meant to get the injections every six weeks, but always waits until her feet “hurt too much” and then sees her specialist.

That being said, the businesswoman – who was paired with Robin Windsor on Strictly – said the show has left her with an enduring love of dance, and she still dances every week now.

Her comments came as Strictly confirmed the 15-person line-up for the 2018 series.

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Among them are inspirational campaigner Katie Piper, EastEnders and Blue singer Lee Ryan, Casualty star Charles Venn and Red Dwarf actor Danny John-Jules.

Also taking to the dance floor are BBC newsreader Kate Silverton, cricketer Graeme Swann, Steps singer Faye Tozer, YouTuber Joe Suggs, Paralymian Lauren Steadman, Capital FM DJ Vick Hope and comedian Seann Walsh.

Fashion expert Susannah Constantine, documentary maker Stacey Dooley, Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts and This Morning’s Dr Ranj Singh.

Strictly judges, Strictly Come Dancing 2017 Live Launch
Craig, Darcey, Shirley and Bruno return as judges (Credit: Splash)

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Shirley Ballas returns as head judge alongside fellow panellists Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are back as co-hosts.

Strictly returns to BBC One this autumn.

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