There are many exercises that are used as part of the recovery of foot . The aim of these exercises are usually to strengthen and stretch muscles as well as mobilize the joints. They are one of many tools which foot specialists make use of to manage a variety of foot conditions. One exercise that has been getting a lot of recent interest is one known as the short foot exercise. This exercise is done standing and the muscles in the mid-foot of the foot are contracted for you to shorten the foot. This is touted to strengthen the arch of the foot. If you consider some of the rhetoric on the web concerning this exercise, it will heal just about everything which will go wrong with the foot, which is obviously far from the truth.
Ths issue with this exercise is the propaganda and opinion that so many have that it will cure so many of the problems that may go wrong with the foot, when there exists actually no scientific data that it's useful for anything. Merely proclaiming that it is helpful and wishing that is it does not make it so. That is the logical fallacy of wishful thinking. For the short foot exercise to work it takes time to build up the strength. A lot of conditions get better after some time, so there is not any way of knowing if people improved just because of the natural history or for the reason that the exercise did actually help. It does not necessarily 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 helpful one. It simply means that the research studies have not been carried out and excessive belief shouldn't be put in any therapy that is lacking in clinical research to underpin its use. By all means keep using the short foot exercise, however use it in the understanding of these issues which are widely known regarding it.