There are many exercises that are included in the recovery of foot problems. The purpose of these exercises are usually to strengthen and stretch muscles as well as mobilize the joints. These are one of many tools that foot specialists use to manage a wide range of foot conditions. One exercise which has been getting a lot of recent support is one called the short foot exercise. This exercise is carried out standing and the muscles in the arch of the foot are contracted in order to shorten the foot. This is touted to strengthen the arch of the foot. If you believe some of the unsupported claims on the web concerning this exercise, it can heal almost anything that will go wrong with the foot, which is obviously not the case.
Ths issue with this exercise is the blind faith and opinion that so many have that it can fix so many of the problems that might go wrong with the foot, when there's actually no clinical studies that it's a good choice for anything. Merely proclaiming that the short foot exercise is helpful and wishing that is it does not make it so. That's the logical fallacy of wishful thinking. For that short foot exercise to be effective it takes time to develop the strength. Lots of foot problems improve with time, so there is no way of figuring out if people improved solely because of this natural history or for the reason that the short foot exercise does in fact work. That does not indicate that there is anything wrong with the exercise and that it must not be used. It may well be that the exercise is a really useful and helpful one. It simply implies that the clinical studies have not been carried out and too much faith must not be put in any therapy that is lacking in scientific research to underpin its use. Of course continue using the short foot exercise, but apply it in the context of these issues which are widely known regarding it.