There are lots of exercises which are included in the treatment of foot . The aim of these exercises are generally to strengthen and stretch muscles and also mobilise the joints. These are one of many tools which foot specialists make use of to deal with a wide range of foot problems. One exercise which has been getting a lot of recent support is one called the short foot exercise. This exercise is carried out weight bearing and the muscles in the arch of the foot are contracted in order to shorten the foot. This is claimed to strengthen the arch of the foot. If you believe some of the rhetoric on the internet concerning this exercise, it can heal almost anything that might go wrong with the foot, which is clearly incorrect.
Perhaps the biggest issue using this exercise is the blind faith and belief that so many believe that it will deal with so many of the problems that may go wrong with the foot, when there is actually not any scientific data that it's useful for any foot problems. Simply stating that it is useful and hoping that is it does not cause it to so. That's the logical fallacy of wishful thinking. For that short foot exercise to be effective it will require time to build up the strength. A lot of conditions improve after some time, so there is not any way of figuring out if people improved just because of this natural history or for the reason that the exercise does actually help. 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 very effective and helpful exercise. It just implies that the scientific studies have not been done and a lot of belief ought not to be put in any therapy that falls short of clinical research to underpin its use. By all means continue to use the short foot exercise, however use it in the understanding of these issues that are widely known about this.