Celeb SAS cast left ‘unable to walk’ by incredibly rare painful skin condition

The intimidating instructors of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins are keeping this year’s famous recruits on their toes on Channel 4 – although according to the cast, their little piggies were hit with a bad case of trench foot during filming.

The star-studded line-up, which includes politician Matt Hancock, TV personality Danielle Lloyd, Love Island’s Montana Brown and TOWIE star Amber Turner, suffered with the painful condition thanks to hours of training in their rainy Vietnam camp.

“There’s not much worse than what we had on our feet,” Danielle admits. “Our feet were being eaten away. The skin was peeling.”

Her co-star and retired athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton adds that she was affected the worst by the disease, which is caused by regular exposure to damp and unsanitary conditions.

“Mine was so bad, I couldn’t walk,” she says, adding that after the show, she could only crawl as the pain was so bad.

Directing staff member Jason ‘Foxy’ Fox says that he’d warned the celebs about catching trench foot. “We told them how to deal with it and they ignored us,” he says. “When you get wet feet, you have to air them as soon as you get the opportunity.

“We gave them talcum powder, which they were supposed to lightly dust on their feet when they went to bed so it takes away the moisture,” he adds. “If you cake your feet in talcum powder, it absorbs all the water and holds it next to the skin – and their accommodation was absolutely covered in talcum powder.”

This year’s line-up also includes Emmerdale’s Kirsty-Leigh Porter, Liberty X’s Michelle Heaton, The Wanted’s Siva Kaneswaran, TOWIE star Amber Turner and footballer Jermaine Pennant, who discovered there were “no boundaries” in the camp regarding privacy.

“I was giving some of the girls some toilet paper whilst dropping off the kids at the pool myself,” he laughs. “After a while, it became the norm.”

Another challenge for the recruits was the “awful” food. “Let’s say it was chicken gizzards, because it certainly wasn’t breast or leg meat. Soggy rice in a rain sauce and cabbage,” says comedian Zoe Lyons.

Love Island star Teddy Soares even asked the instructors for soy sauce. “I did it for the team but mainly for myself to be honest,” he adds. “I’m a man who likes sauce in his food.”

Despite all this, Danielle reveals that the experience made the cast “stronger” both mentally and physically. “It definitely changed me to be a more positive person,” she adds.

Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins starts tonight at 9pm on Channel 4.

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