Dr. Howard Dananberg


A podiatrist who practiced in Manchester, NY, Howard Dananberg was named one of the most influential podiatrists in the U.S. by Podiatry Management magazine.

He has published widely on lower limb biomechanics. Experts know him worldwide for his well-researched understanding of the connection between gait style and chronic lower back pain. He has also pioneered solutions for limited range of motion in the big toe joint (functional hallux limitus)—a frequently overlooked condition.

In addition, Howard has translated his ideas into patented foot products, distributed around the world. Howard’s novel techniques and technologies have successfully helped both men and women relieve a variety of walking-related symptoms throughout the body.

With the help of in-pressure shoe testing, for example, he developed a kinetic wedge to improve the comfort of running shoes. He also helped create a groundbreaking insert for high heels, called Insolia. Designed to lessen foot, leg, and back pain, the insole puts the foot in a more ideal position, making heels feel almost like a pair of flats.

The VASYLI Think Tank™ was founded in 2011 to foster collaboration and cooperative thought among a leading group of health professionals specializing in the field of lower limb biomechanics.

Each member is recognized as an authority in his or her chosen field of practice. Over many years, VASYLI Think Tank™ services have grown and evolved into a powerful source of learning and product development backed by clinically certified research.

The VASYLI Medical Signature series is a direct result of these collaborations—orthotic products specifically designed to assist foot function, performance, and comfort across a wide range of applications.

In addition to writing multiple articles on lower limb biomechanics, Howard collaborated with Phillip Vasyli to design a heat-moldable orthotic with removable 1st ray “plugs.”