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Deborah Meaden health: Dragon’s Den star needed injections for agonising pain in her feet

Deborah was born in 1959 and was never a stranger to hard work with her very first paid job at the tender age of eight and saw her leading pony rides along Minehead seafront. The no holds bare businesswoman showed UK audiences her ruthless and often cutthroat negotiating skills in Dragon’s Den and made quite a name for herself as an unyielding women of power. Deborah revealed in 2013 an injury to her feet that left her in constant, agonising pain. This was during her time in Strictly Come Dancing which saw her last for a total of five weeks on the show. The gruelling choreography took it’s toll on the businesswoman with the pain eventually becoming so agonising that she had to undergo regular steroid injections to help ease the sensation.

Speaking to Closer magazine, Deborah said: “It started after I spent ten hours a day waltzing and I put too much pressure on them.

“Everybody is injured in some way (on the show) but now I need to have steroid injections in my feet to keep them supple.

“I should probably have them every six weeks, but I leave it until they hurt too much and then I go to see my specialist, who tells me off for letting it get to that stage.”

Steroid injections are also called corticosteroid injections and are anti-inflammatory medicines used to treat a range of conditions.

They can be used to treat problems such as joint pain, arthritis, sciatica, and inflammatory bowel disease.

The NHS said: “Steroid injections are only given by healthcare professionals.

Common examples include hydrocortisone, triamcinolone and methylprednisolone. Steroid injections are usually given by a specialist doctor in hospital.

The injections normally take a few days to start working, although some work in a few hours.

The effect usually wears off after a few months.”

You should definitely see a GP if the pain is severe or stoping you doing normal activities, or if the pain gets worse or keeps coming back.

It’s also advised you see a doctor if the pain doesn’t improve after treating it at home for two weeks, if you have any tingling or loss of sensation in your foot, or if you have diabetes – as foot problems can signal something more serious.

Steroid injections are used to treat a range of conditions, including joint pain, arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.

Your doctor will recommend whether or not you should have steroid injections.

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