There are many exercises that are used as part of the rehabilitation of foot disorders. The objective of these exercises are usually to strengthen and stretch muscles and also mobilize the joints. They are one of many tools which foot specialists make use of to deal with a variety of foot problems. One exercise which has been receiving a lot of recent interest is one known as the short foot exercise . This exercise is carried out standing and the muscles in the arch of the foot are contracted for you to shorten the foot. This is stated to strengthen the arch of the foot. If you look at some of the over stated claims online concerning this exercise, it will cure just about everything that can go wrong with the foot, which is obviously incorrect.
The main problem using this exercise is the fanaticism and firm belief that so many have that it might heal so many of the conditions that may go wrong with the foot, when there is actually no scientific studies that it's helpful for anything. Merely proclaiming that the short foot exercise is useful and expecting that is it does not allow it to be so. That is the logical fallacy of wishful thinking. For that short foot exercise to be effective it will take time to improve the strength. A lot of problems improve with time, so there is no way of knowing if people got better purely because of the natural history or for the reason that the short foot exercise did actually work. That does not suggest that there is something wrong with the exercise and that it should not be used. It could be that the exercise is a really effective and good one. It just implies that the research studies have not been carried out and too much trust shouldn't be put in any therapy which does not have clinical research to support its use. Of course keep using the short foot exercise, however use it in the understanding of these issues that are well known about it.