This extract ,from a thread on podiatry arena , illustrates the apparently confused thinking that surrounds the short foot exercise . The confusion is not limited to this paper , it is pretty much universal .



EXTRACT

  • A paper was recently published which looked at the effects of foot exercises on the function of flat feet (below 1 ) .

    The researchers used the short foot exercise to strengthen the foot and the paper grip test to measure toe flexor strength .
    Here is how they described the paper grip test .

    ". Although techniques to assess foot muscle strength [4,22] are evolving, this study used force during an established clinical test, the PGT [4,9]. The paper grip test asks participants to hold a piece of paper placed between the big toe and the floor while the examiner attempts to pull the paper out. Participants were seated in a chair with their backs touching the back of the chair, arms crossed over their chest, feet resting on the floor, and were required to keep their feet on the floor during the test. Participants sat with the pad of their big toe on an embedded force plate (AMTI, Watertown, MA). The sensitivity of the force plate was adjusted so that the range was 0 to 350N. "

    So the researchers used an electronic version of the paper grip test to measure " first metatarsophalangeal joint (MTP) flexion strength."

    Question . If pressing the toes down and noting the force with which this can be done is an established clinical test for the plantar toe flexors , then how can you exercise these muscles using the short foot exercise without pressing the toes into the floor ?

    As I understand it , Janda seems to have advocated a version of the short foot exercise in which the toes are relaxed , but also claims this strengthens the plantar intrinsics .That makes no sense .

    Paper 1

    Can Foot Exercises and Barefoot Weight Bearing Improve Foot ...


    https://crimsonpublishers.com/oproj/...ROJ.000567.php
    3 Jul 2018 - The home exercise program included: short foot (foot doming), toe spreading, ... The paper grip test asks participants to hold a piece of paper placed between the big toe and the floor while the examiner attempts to pull the paper out. ... their backs touching the back of the chair, arms crossed over their chest, ...
    Gerrard Farrell

    Glasgow

    scotfoot, May 27, 2019
    #33

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