There are many exercises which can be used as part of the rehabilitation of foot problems. The objective of these exercises are to strengthen and stretch muscles and also mobilise the joints. They are one of many tools that foot specialists make use of to deal with a wide range of foot conditions. One exercise that 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 mid-foot of the foot are contracted in order to shorten the foot. This is stated to strengthen the arch of the foot. If you consider some of the over stated claims online about this exercise, it could heal almost everything that may go wrong with the foot, which is obviously not the case.
The major problem with this exercise is the blind faith and opinion that so many believe that it might fix so many of the conditions that can go wrong with the foot, when there is actually virtually no scientific evidence that it's a good choice for any foot problems. Merely stating that the short foot exercise is beneficial and hoping that is it does not make it so. That is the logical fallacy of wishful thinking. For the short foot exercise to work it will take time to develop the strength. A lot of conditions improve after a while, so there isn't any way of figuring out if people improved solely because of the natural history or for the reason that the short foot exercise did actually help. It does not necessarily mean that there is anything wrong with the exercise and that it ought not to be used. It may well be that the exercise is a really effective and helpful one. It just means that the research studies have not been done and excessive faith ought not to be put in any treatment which falls short of clinical research to underpin its use. By all means continue using the short foot exercise, but apply it in the understanding of these problems that are widely known about this.