Kris Smith reveals osteoarthritis struggle on Today Extra


He’s the former UK rugby league player, model and star of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

And Kris Smith, 38, has been living with crippling osteoarthritis for 15 years, with the star revealing his doctors told him he has the knees of a ’75 year old.’

The ex-partner of Dannii Minogue appeared on Today Extra on Tuesday to raise awareness about the condition for osteoarthritis month.

Struggle: Kris Smith has revealed he has been living with crippling osteoarthritis for 15 years, saying doctors told him he has the knees of a '75 year old'

Struggle: Kris Smith has revealed he has been living with crippling osteoarthritis for 15 years, saying doctors told him he has the knees of a '75 year old'

Struggle: Kris Smith has revealed he has been living with crippling osteoarthritis for 15 years, saying doctors told him he has the knees of a ’75 year old’

Explaining that he was diagnosed 15 years ago while still playing rugby league in the UK, Kris recalled how after two knee reconstructions, he found his mobility getting worse.

‘I couldn’t go a season without having another operation and I found my flexibility going and I didn’t really know why,’ he said.

He added that it was after he retired from the game in 2007, when the extent of his condition became apparent.

Degernerating: Explaining that he was diagnosed 15 years ago while still playing rugby league in the UK, Kris admitted that after two knee reconstructions, he found his mobility getting worse

Degernerating: Explaining that he was diagnosed 15 years ago while still playing rugby league in the UK, Kris admitted that after two knee reconstructions, he found his mobility getting worse

Degernerating: Explaining that he was diagnosed 15 years ago while still playing rugby league in the UK, Kris admitted that after two knee reconstructions, he found his mobility getting worse

Too young: 'The surgeon that I spoke to, I said: 'is there anything you can do to make my life more comfortable?' He said: 'mate, the only place you can got is knee replacement. Your knees are that of a 75-year-old man,' Kris revealed

Too young: 'The surgeon that I spoke to, I said: 'is there anything you can do to make my life more comfortable?' He said: 'mate, the only place you can got is knee replacement. Your knees are that of a 75-year-old man,' Kris revealed

Too young: ‘The surgeon that I spoke to, I said: ‘is there anything you can do to make my life more comfortable?’ He said: ‘mate, the only place you can got is knee replacement. Your knees are that of a 75-year-old man,’ Kris revealed

‘The surgeon that I spoke to, I said: ‘is there anything you can do to make my life more comfortable?’ He said: ‘mate, the only place you can go is knee replacement. Your knees are that of a 75-year-old man,’ Kris revealed.

He also revealed that while he is in ‘constant agony,’ he managed the condition with a range of different methods. 

‘It affects me a lot,’ he said. ‘I wake up and there is constant swelling, pain and agony. Winter season, when it is cold is worse again. I have to try different ways of getting it down – fish oils and now some magnificent knee braces.

Kris certainly hasn’t let the condition get him down with the personality completing the treacherous Kokoda trail for charity last month, while also revealing he planned to take on the Melbourne Marathon in October.

‘I am trying to stop it avoiding the things in my life,’ he said. ‘When someone said: ‘Kokoda Trail’ and it was for two amazing charities, I said: ‘yeah, I’m in.’ I didn’t think about it.’ 

No respite: 'It affects me a lot,' he said. 'I wake up and there is constant swelling, pain and agony. Winter season, when it is cold is worse again. I have to try different ways of getting it down - fish oils and now some magnificent knee braces

No respite: 'It affects me a lot,' he said. 'I wake up and there is constant swelling, pain and agony. Winter season, when it is cold is worse again. I have to try different ways of getting it down - fish oils and now some magnificent knee braces

No respite: ‘It affects me a lot,’ he said. ‘I wake up and there is constant swelling, pain and agony. Winter season, when it is cold is worse again. I have to try different ways of getting it down – fish oils and now some magnificent knee braces





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