At 0430 on December 19 the flow of stragglers abruptly ceased and Desobry's men grew tense as they waited for an enemy attack. At 0530 a group of half-tracks could be heard and dimly seen approaching the block on the Bourcy road. In the darkness the outpost could not tell whether they were friend or enemy. The sentry to the front yelled "Halt!" four times. The first vehicle pulled to a grinding halt within a few yards of him. Someone in the half-track yelled something in German. From a bank on the right of the road, Desobry's men showered the half-track with hand grenades. The first industrial unit to mechanise the shoe production was set up in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1760. Jan Matzeliger, a native of Dutch Guiana who immigrated to United States in 1870 helped revolutionize the shoe industry by developing a shoe lasting machine that could attach a sole to the shoe in just one minute. Unfortunately he died a poor man in Lynn, Massachusetts. Some shoes are made by combining both the methods. A shoe like this may be a slip-lasted in the front and board-lasted in the back. They provide very good heel control and remain quite flexible as well. They are good for a wide variety of foot types. THE SPLEEN/PANCREAS MERIDIAN (yin)- Associated with the above meridian (the stomach), the spleen has a wide range of functions. It helps to break down foods and drink, turning the substances into energy and blood. The energy flow begins in the centre of the back of the big toe, running up the leg through the body and ends under the armpit. The main disturbances related to the spleen/pancreas meridian are; digestive problems, diarrhoea, fatigue and metabolic problems. If there is a problem with the big toe, it can indicate a problem within this meridian. It felt like when my feet hurt, my entire body hurt," the 51-year-old Maple Heights resident says. The excruciating pain worsened, causing her to consider early retirement. About eight years ago, she began seeing a podiatrist, who diagnosed her with hammertoe in six of her toes- three on each foot. I'd never heard of hammertoe before," she said. Wanting to avoid surgery, she tried all the conventional treatments - wearing wider shoes, using shoe inserts or toe pads and doing toe exercises. But the pain persisted. A podiatrist can also provide toe alignment splints and gel toe cushions that can be used as conservative care for the hammertoe. The key substance, however, is purines. One of the earlier attacks I had was probably related to eating the veggie burger from McDonalds. It tasted a lot like meat; so much that it seemed to be meat, to me. I suspect it was loaded with purines. The fourth trick is to drink plenty of water, to avoid dehydration. One way to regulate this is to fill a gallon jug halfway with water. That's 64 ounces, and you have to drink it all. Then you should drink another 32 ounces. There must be a weak link or safety provision between the tool and tethering system on the belt or bag. You can find additional information about hammertoe at web sites sponsored by government agencies, societies and healthcare institutions. It should perhaps be noted that the World Wide Web is open to many sources posting questionable information and promises, and you are encouraged to seek information from established, reputable organizations. Hammertoe is a contracture (bending) of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth (little) toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop. In some cases, usually when the hammertoe has become more rigid and painful, or when an open sore has developed, surgery is needed.