Privacy Policy

Pri­va­cy of Your Health Care Information

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I. Introduction to Privacy Policy

This Online and Privacy Policy ( “Privacy Policy” ) explains how information is collected, used and disclosed by Vital Podiatry and applies to information we collect when you use or access our website ( products, services (collectively, “Vital Podiatry Services” ), or when you otherwise interact with us.

There are many different ways Vital Podiatry Services can be used. Further, we provide our Services to both healthcare professionals and patients of healthcare professionals. Vital Podiatry users gain access to Vital Podiatry  Services based on their level of access governed by their subscription level. As you use our Services, we want you to be clear about how we’re using information and the ways in which you can protect your privacy.

Our Privacy Policy explains:

  • What information do we collect, and why do we collect it
  • How we use that information
  • The choices we offer, including how to access and update information

We’ve tried to keep it as simple as possible, but if you’re unfamiliar with terms like cookies, IP addresses, pixel tags, and browsers, read about these key terms first. Your privacy matters to  Vital Podiatry, and if you have any questions, please email

II. Information We Collect

We collect information to enable our platform to provide the Services offered to our subscribers and to understand how users interact with our Services to improve our platform continuously.

We collect information in several ways:

Information you give us:

Some of our Services require you to sign up for a  Vital Podiatry Account. When you do, we’ll ask for personal information, like your name, email, and birthday, in order to complete your account activation. We also offer products that work best with positive verification of your identity. These products currently require government-issued photo identification to confirm your identity. In the future, we may automate this further by using an automated identity verification service. For certain premium Services, we may offer the ability to pay for these Services using a credit card, in which case we would collect additional information such as phone number, billing address, and credit card data. IN ALL CASES, you are in control of the information you choose to provide  Vital Podiatry.

Information Provided to Us by Your Healthcare Provider:

Healthcare providers contract with  Vital Podiatry for referral management services and may choose to provide  Vital Podiatry with patient demographic data to facilitate referrals from one healthcare provider to another.  Vital Podiatry does not disclose your personal demographic or clinical data to any outside parties other than your healthcare providers – for the sole purpose to transitioning your care from one setting/provider to another. If you do not wish to have your referrals sent using  Vital Podiatry, you should notify your healthcare provider or contact  Vital Podiatry directly at

Information we get from your use of our services:

We collect information about the products you use and how you use them, like when you visit particular website pages or interact with website content. This information includes:

Device information – We collect device-specific information (such as your hardware model, operating system version, and unique device identifiers).

Log information – When you use our products or view content provided by Vital Podiatry, we automatically collect and store certain information in server logs. This includes:

  • Details of how you used our service, such as your search queries
  • Internet protocol address
  • Device event information such as crashes, system activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request, and referral URL
  • Cookies that may uniquely identify your browser or your Vital Podiatry Account

Location information – When using Vital Podiatry services, we may collect and process information about your location. We use various technologies to determine location, including IP addresses.

Local storage – We may collect and store information (including personal information) locally on your device using mechanisms such as browser web storage (including HTML5) and application data caches.

Cookies and anonymous identifiers – We use various technologies to collect and store information when you visit Vital Podiatry Services, and this may include sending one or more cookies or anonymous identifiers to your device. Vital Podiatry uses cookies to make interactions with websites easy and meaningful. Vital Podiatry’s servers may send a cookie to your computer when you visit the website. Standing alone, cookies do not personally identify you; they merely recognize your Web browser. You remain anonymous unless you choose to identify yourself by responding to a promotional offer, opening an account, or filling out a web form. We use cookies to help us recognize you across different Services, learn about your interests both on and off our Services, improve your experience, increase security, and measure the use and effectiveness of our Services. You can control cookies through your browser settings and other tools. By visiting our Services, you consent to the placement of cookies and beacons in your browser and HTML-based emails in accordance with this Privacy Policy. Please note that if you disable your Web browser’s ability to accept cookies, you will be able to navigate the websites, but you may not be able to use the services successfully.

Web Beacons – Vital Podiatry uses Web Beacons alone or in conjunction with cookies to compile information about customers’ and visitors’ usage of the websites and interaction with emails from Vital Podiatry. Web beacons are clear electronic images that can recognize certain types of information on your computer, such as cookies, when you viewed a particular website tied to the Web beacon and a description of a website tied to the Web beacon. Vital Podiatry uses Web beacons to operate and improve website and email communications.

III. How We Use the Information We Collect

We use the information we collect from all of our Services to provide, maintain, protect, and improve them, to develop new ones, and to protect Vital Podiatry and our users.

We may use the name you provide across certain Services we offer that require a Vital Podiatry Account. Examples include Kudos, Treatmail™, Taking Patients, and Blogs (commenting feature).

As a healthcare provider, if you have a licensed Vital Podiatry profile, we may display all of your submitted DoctorFacts™ including your Profile name, Profile photo, and other data available on your Curriculum Vitae (CV). You may edit your Vital Podiatry Profile at any time to add, remove or update your information.

When you contact Vital Podiatry, we keep a record of your communication to help solve any issues you might be facing. We may use your email address to inform you about our services, such as letting you know about upcoming changes or improvements.

We use information collected from cookies and other technologies, like pixel tags, to improve your user experience and the overall quality of our services. We will not associate a cookie or anonymous identifier with sensitive categories based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or health.

We will ask for your consent before using information for a purpose other than those that are set out in this Privacy Policy.

IV. Transparency and Account Settings

People have different privacy concerns. Our goal is to be clear about what information we collect, what information we share, and how we communicate with you so that you can make meaningful choices about your privacy. For example, you can:

Visit your Vital Podiatry “Settings” page to control how we communicate with you, if your account is linked with your Facebook or Google account, and any of your personal information.

You can also opt out of any Vital Podiatry Services at any time. All communications we send to you will contain an “Unsubscribe” link which you can click on at any time. This will take you to your Vital Podiatry “settings” page, where you can change your email settings. If you are not logged in to Vital Podiatry, you will have to log in to make these changes.

If you want to deactivate your account permanently, please email with your request.

You may also set your browser to block all cookies, including cookies associated with our services, or to indicate when a cookie is being set by us. However, it’s important to remember that some of our services may not function properly if your cookies are disabled. For example, we may not remember your language preference.

V. Information You Share

Many of our services let you share information with others. Remember that when you share information publicly, it may be indexable by search engines, including Vital Podiatry. Our platform services allow you to send a healthcare provider “Kudos” which requires your name and email address. If you do not wish to have your name indexed by a search engine, you should not give “Kudos” to a healthcare provider. Any Vital Podiatry service which allows you to share information about your health will not be indexed by any search engine or made public by Vital Podiatry. This information will be sent securely to your designated healthcare provider and will be encrypted during transit and when not viewed by your chosen provider.

VI. Accessing and Updating Your Personal Information

Whenever you use our services, we aim to provide you with access to your personal information. If that information is wrong, we strive to give you ways to update it quickly or to delete it – unless we have to keep that information for legitimate business or legal purposes. When updating your personal information, we may ask you to verify your identity and/or email address before we can act on your request.

We may reject requests that are unreasonably repetitive, require disproportionate technical effort (for example, developing a new system or fundamentally changing an existing practice), risk the privacy of others, or would be extremely impractical (for instance, requests concerning information residing on backup systems).

Where we can provide information access and correction, we will do so for free, except where it would require a disproportionate effort. We aim to maintain our services in a manner that protects information from accidental or malicious destruction. Because of this, after you delete information from our services, we may not immediately delete residual copies from our encrypted active servers and may not remove information from our encrypted backup systems.

VII. Information We Share

We do not share personal information with companies, organizations and individuals outside of Vital Podiatry unless one of the following circumstances applies:

With your consent: We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Vital Podiatry when we have your consent to do so. We require opt-in consent for the sharing of any sensitive personal information.

With healthcare providers: If your Vital Podiatry Account is managed for you by a healthcare provider (for example, for referrals on the Referral Network product) then your healthcare provider will have access to your medical information (including your email and other data). Your healthcare provider can: review your medical information in order to provide medical services or satisfy applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request. For more information, please refer to your healthcare provider’s HIPAA and privacy policy.

For Permitted or Required by Law Activities: We may use and/or disclose your health information without obtaining your written authorization for purposes other than for treatment or healthcare operations. Except for the specific situations where the law requires us to use and disclose information (such as reports of births to the health department or reports of abuse or neglect to social services), we have listed all these permitted uses and disclosures in this section.

For Public Health Activities: We may use or disclose health information to a public health authority that is authorized by law to collect or receive information in order to report, among other things, communicable diseases and child abuse, or the F.D.A to report medical device or product-related events. In certain limited situations, we may also disclose health information to notify a person exposed to a communicable disease.

For Health Oversight Activities: We may disclose health information to a health oversight agency that includes, among others, an agency of the federal or state government that is authorized by law to monitor the healthcare system.

For Law Enforcement Activities: We may disclose limited health information in response to a law enforcement official’s request for information to identify or locate a victim, a suspect, a fugitive, a material witness or a missing person (including individuals who have died) or for reporting a crime that has occurred on our premises or that may have caused a need for emergency services.

For Judicial and Administrative Proceedings: We may disclose health information in response to a subpoena or order of a court or administrative tribunal.

To Coroners, Medical Examiners, and Funeral Directors: We may release health information to a coroner or medical examiner to identify a deceased person or to determine the cause of death.

For Purposes of Organ Donation: We may disclose health information to an organ procurement organization or other facility that participates in the procurement, banking or transplantation of organs or tissues.

For Purposes of Research: We may conduct and/or participate in medical, social, psychological and other types of research. Most research projects are subject to a special approval process to evaluate the proposed research project and its use of health information before we use or disclose health information. In certain circumstances, however, we may disclose health information to people preparing to conduct a research project to help them determine whether a research project can be carried out or will be useful, so long as the health information they review does not leave our premises.

To Avoid Harm to a Person or for Public Safety: We may use and disclose health information if we believe that the disclosure is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious threat or harm to the public or the health or safety of another person.

For Specialized Government Functions: We may use and disclose health information of certain military individuals, for specific governmental security needs, or as needed by correctional institutions.

For Workers’ Compensation Purposes: We may disclose your health information to comply with the workers’ compensation laws or other similar programs.

For Appointment Reminders and to Inform You of Health Related Products or Services: We may use or disclose your health information to contact you for medical appointments or other scheduled services or to provide you with information about treatment alternatives or other health-related products and services.

All Other Uses and Disclosures Require Your Prior Written Authorization.

For situations not generally described in our Notice, we will ask for your written authorization before we use or disclose your health information. You may revoke that authorization, in writing, at any time to stop future disclosures of your information. Information previously disclosed, however, will not be requested to be returned nor will your revocation affect any action that we have already taken. In addition, if we collected the information in connection with a research study, we are permitted to use and disclose that information to the extent it is necessary to protect the integrity of the research study.

If Vital Podiatry is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, we will continue to ensure the confidentiality of any personal information and give affected users notice before personal information is transferred or becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

VIII. Information Security

We work hard to protect Vital Podiatry and our users from unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of information we hold. In particular:

We encrypt many of our services using SSL and at-rest encryption technology. We review our information collection, storage and processing practices, including physical security measures, to guard against unauthorized access to systems. We restrict access to personal information to Vital Podiatry employees, contractors and agents who need to know that information in order to process it for us, and who are subject to strict contractual confidentiality obligations and may be disciplined or terminated if they fail to meet these obligations.

IX. When This Privacy Policy Applies

Our Privacy Policy applies to all of the services offered by Vital Podiatry Foot and Ankle Clinic and its affiliates and services offered on other sites but excludes services that have separate privacy policies that do not incorporate this Privacy Policy.

Our Privacy Policy does not apply to services offered by other companies or individuals, including products or sites that may be displayed to you in search results, sites that may include Vital Podiatry services, or other sites linked from our services. Our Privacy Policy does not cover the information practices of other companies and organizations who advertise our services, and who may use cookies, pixel tags and other technologies to serve and offer relevant ads.

X. Compliance and Cooperation With Regulatory Authorities

We regularly review our compliance with our Privacy Policy. We also adhere to several self regulatory frameworks. When we receive formal written complaints, we will contact the person who made the complaint to follow up. We work with the appropriate regulatory authorities, including local data protection authorities, to resolve any complaints regarding the transfer of personal data that we cannot resolve with our users directly.

XI. Information Regarding Children

Persons must be of Minimum Age to use Vital Podiatry. Vital Podiatry does not collect information from children under the age of 13. If you are a parent or legal guardian of a minor child, you may, in compliance with the Terms of Use, use the Site or Services on behalf of such minor child. Any information that you provide while using the Site or Service on behalf of your minor child will be treated as Personal Information as otherwise provided herein.

Vital Podiatry and its members agree to comply with the requirements of COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act), which severely restricts what information can be collected from children under the age of 13. Children under the age of 13 in the United States are prohibited from using the site. The site is not directed at children and Vital Podiatry does not knowingly collect any information from individuals under the age of 13. We will use that information only to respond directly to that child (or a parent or legal guardian) to inform him or her that he or she cannot use the services and subsequently, we will delete that information from our own servers.

XII. Changes

Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time. Without your explicit consent, we will not reduce your rights under this Privacy Policy. We will post any privacy policy changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice (including, for certain services, email notification of privacy policy changes). We will also keep prior versions of this Privacy Policy in an archive for your review.

Use of the Infor­ma­tion this Ser­vice Gathers/​Tracks

Any per­son­al­ly iden­ti­fi­able infor­ma­tion you give us will be used only as per­mit­ted by law, includ­ing to pro­vide the Ser­vices, prod­uct, ser­vice or infor­ma­tion you have request­ed or to sup­port the pro­grams for which you reg­is­tered. Unless you express­ly con­sent to let us do so, your per­­son­al­­ly-iden­ti­­fi­able infor­ma­tion, includ­ing your e‑mail address, will not be sold, rent­ed, licensed, or oth­er­wise shared with third par­ties. Addi­tion­al­ly, unless you express­ly pro­vide your con­sent or to ful­fill a request from you — We won’t send you any unso­licit­ed e‑mail.

Like most com­pa­nies, Vital Podiatry uses cook­ies (and sim­i­lar tech­nolo­gies) on our Ser­vices to facil­i­tate and improve your dig­i­tal expe­ri­ence. As fur­ther described here­in, Cook­ies are small pieces of infor­ma­tion that are stored to your device when you vis­it our web­site or web­pages with­in our mobile app. Data col­lect­ed dur­ing the use of the mobile appli­ca­tion is stored with­in the appli­ca­tion. The data col­lect­ed either through cook­ies and/​or the mobile Ser­vices includes but is not lim­it­ed to, log­ging infor­ma­tion regard­ing the char­ac­ter­is­tics or usage of your device, sys­tem and appli­ca­tion soft­ware, user loca­tion data, your pref­er­ences and search queries. Col­lect­ing this data also enables us to bet­ter sup­port the Ser­vices and opti­mize per­son­al­ized con­tent. Cook­ies may also be used to make adver­tis­ing mes­sages more rel­e­vant to you. The non-per­­son­al­­ly iden­ti­fi­able infor­ma­tion we gath­er in aggre­gate form may be used to improve our Ser­vice, and we may share that infor­ma­tion with busi­ness part­ners, third-par­­ty ven­dors work­ing on our behalf, or our health and well­ness spon­sors. The use and col­lec­tion of infor­ma­tion by these third-par­­ty ven­dors is gov­erned by their respec­tive pri­va­cy state­ments and is not cov­ered by this Pri­va­cy Pol­i­cy or theVital PodiatryTerms of Use. To pro­tect your infor­ma­tion, we encour­age you to learn about the pri­va­cy poli­cies of those third par­ties. Third-par­­ty ven­dors that Vital Podiatry has a cur­rent busi­ness rela­tion­ship with include the enti­ties list­ed here:

Google Ana­lyt­ics. We use Google Ana­lyt­ics for track­ing queries sub­mit­ted to their search engines. We also use Google’s Dou­bleClick tech­nol­o­gy for track­ing our adver­tise­ments, enabling​“tell-a-friend” social media func­tion­al­i­ty, and pro­vid­ing us with the con­tact infor­ma­tion of users who sub­mit a request for addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion about our ser­vices via click-through adver­tise­ments. View Google’s pri­va­cy pol­i­cy.

This list may be updat­ed and mod­i­fied from time to time by Vital Podiatry in its sole and absolute dis­cre­tion. Infor­ma­tion that you vol­un­tar­i­ly pro­vid­ed will be main­tained as long as Vital Podiatry deems appro­pri­ate to ful­fill the pur­pose for which you pro­vid­ed the infor­ma­tion until you request us to remove it, or for as long as per­mit­ted under applic­a­ble law.

We may offer sweep­stakes, con­tests, and oth­er pro­mo­tions (any, a​“Pro­mo­tion”) through the Ser­vice that may require reg­is­tra­tion. By par­tic­i­pat­ing in a Pro­mo­tion, you are agree­ing to offi­cial rules that gov­ern that Pro­mo­tion, which may con­tain spe­cif­ic require­ments of you, includ­ing, allow­ing the spon­sor of the Pro­mo­tion to use your name, voice and/​or like­ness in adver­tis­ing or mar­ket­ing asso­ci­at­ed with the Pro­mo­tion. If you choose to enter a Pro­mo­tion, per­son­al infor­ma­tion may be dis­closed to third par­ties or the pub­lic in con­nec­tion with the admin­is­tra­tion of such Pro­mo­tion, includ­ing, in con­nec­tion with win­ner selec­tion, prize ful­fill­ment, and as required by law or per­mit­ted by the Promotion’s offi­cial rules, such as on a win­ners list.

To the fullest extent per­mit­ted by applic­a­ble law, we may also dis­close your infor­ma­tion if we believe in good faith that doing so is nec­es­sary or appro­pri­ate to: (i) pro­tect or defend the rights, safe­ty or prop­er­ty of Vital Podiatry or third par­ties (includ­ing through the enforce­ment of this Pri­va­cy Pol­i­cy, and oth­er applic­a­ble agree­ments and poli­cies); or (ii) com­ply with legal and reg­u­la­to­ry oblig­a­tions (e.g., pur­suant to law enforce­ment inquiries, sub­poe­nas or court orders). To the fullest extent per­mit­ted by applic­a­ble law, we have com­plete dis­cre­tion and with­out notice to you to elect whether or not to make such dis­clo­sures and to con­test or not con­test requests for such disclosures.

Third Par­ty Ana­lyt­ics Providers and Ad Servers

We may use third-par­­ty ven­dors to per­form cer­tain ser­vices on behalf of us or the Ser­vice, such as host­ing the Ser­vice, design­ing and/​or oper­at­ing the Service’s fea­tures, track­ing the Service’s activ­i­ties, uti­liza­tion of shar­ing tech­nol­o­gy that allows users to share con­tent on this Site through social media, and ana­lyt­ics. We may pro­vide these ven­dors with access to user infor­ma­tion or they may direct­ly col­lect your infor­ma­tion to car­ry out the ser­vices they are per­form­ing for you or for us. Third-par­­ty ana­lyt­ics and oth­er ser­vice providers may set and access their own track­ing tech­nolo­gies on your device and they may oth­er­wise col­lect or have access to infor­ma­tion about you, poten­tial­ly includ­ing per­son­al infor­ma­tion, about you. We are not respon­si­ble for those third par­ty tech­nolo­gies or activ­i­ties aris­ing out of them.

We may also work with cer­tain third par­ties to pro­vide us with infor­ma­tion regard­ing traf­fic on the Ser­vice to serve adver­tise­ments else­where online, and to pro­vide us with infor­ma­tion regard­ing the use of our web­site or ser­vices and the effec­tive­ness of our adver­tise­ments. These third par­ties may auto­mat­i­cal­ly col­lect infor­ma­tion about you using their own cook­ies, pix­els or oth­er tech­nolo­gies, or may oth­er­wise col­lect or have access to, infor­ma­tion about your vis­its to this and oth­er web­sites, your IP address, your ISP, the brows­er you use to vis­it our web­site and oth­er usage infor­ma­tion. Infor­ma­tion col­lect­ed may be used, among oth­er things, to deliv­er adver­tis­ing tar­get­ed to your inter­ests and to bet­ter under­stand the usage and vis­i­ta­tion of our Ser­vices and the oth­er sites tracked by these third parties.

The Cook­ie Statement

When you vis­it the Ser­vice, we may place a tem­po­rary​“ses­sion” or a per­ma­nent cook­ie on your com­put­er that will allow us to cus­tomize and enhance your expe­ri­ence at the Ser­vice, make improve­ments to our Ser­vice, or to report Ser­vice activ­i­ty. Our ses­sion cook­ies are not per­ma­nent­ly stored on your com­put­er and expire when you leave. Per­ma­nent cook­ies are issued to Ser­vice vis­i­tors who link the Ser­vice from a search engine and are used only to per­mit Vital Podiatry to attract qual­i­fied users to the Ser­vice. Our cook­ies are not used to send spam. We store cook­ie infor­ma­tion in aggre­gate form and use the aggre­gate infor­ma­tion to make improve­ments to the Ser­vice or in inter­nal reports on Ser­vice activ­i­ty. You may opt out of allow­ing cook­ies to be placed on your com­put­er. Refus­ing cook­ies dis­ables our abil­i­ty to include infor­ma­tion about your vis­it in our reg­u­lar mon­i­tor­ing of Ser­vice traffic.

Cook­ies and Sim­i­lar Tech­nol­o­gy Policy

What are cookies?

A cook­ie is a small amount of data sent from a web serv­er to your brows­er and stored on your com­put­er or mobile device’s hard dri­ve while you are view­ing the web­site. We may use both ses­sion cook­ies (which expire once you close your web brows­er) and per­sis­tent cook­ies (which stay on your com­put­er until you delete them) to pro­vide you with a more per­son­al and inter­ac­tive expe­ri­ence on our web­site. This type of infor­ma­tion is col­lect­ed to make the Ser­vice more use­ful to you and to tai­lor your expe­ri­ence with us to meet your spe­cial inter­ests and needs. We use and store this infor­ma­tion to pro­vide you with more per­son­al­ized and cus­tomized online ser­vices and to make our site more con­ve­nient, use­ful, valu­able and appeal­ing to you.

We use two broad cat­e­gories of cook­ies: (1) first par­ty cook­ies, served direct­ly by us to your com­put­er or mobile device, which we use to rec­og­nize your com­put­er or mobile device when it revis­its our web­site; and (2) third par­ty cook­ies, which are served by ser­vice providers on our web­site, and can be used by such ser­vice providers to rec­og­nize your com­put­er or mobile device when it vis­its oth­er websites.

Cook­ies we Use

The Ser­vice may use the fol­low­ing types of cook­ies for the pur­pos­es set out below:

Essen­tial Cookies

These cook­ies are essen­tial to pro­vide you with ser­vices avail­able through our web­site and to enable you to use some of its fea­tures. With­out these cook­ies, the ser­vices that you have asked for can­not be pro­vid­ed, and we only use these cook­ies to pro­vide you with those services.

Func­tion­al­i­ty Cookies

These cook­ies allow our web­site to remem­ber choic­es you make when you use the Ser­vice, such as remem­ber­ing your lan­guage pref­er­ences, remem­ber­ing your login details and remem­ber­ing the changes you make on oth­er parts of our web­site, which you can cus­tomize. The pur­pose of these cook­ies is to pro­vide you with a more per­son­al expe­ri­ence and to avoid you hav­ing to re-enter your pref­er­ences every time you vis­it the Service.

Ana­lyt­ics and Per­for­mance Cookies

These cook­ies are used to col­lect infor­ma­tion about traf­fic to our web­site and how users use the Ser­vice. The infor­ma­tion gath­ered does not iden­ti­fy any indi­vid­ual vis­i­tor. The infor­ma­tion is aggre­gat­ed and anony­mous. The infor­ma­tion gath­ered may include the num­ber of vis­i­tors to the Ser­vice, the web­sites that referred them to our web­site, the pages they vis­it­ed on our web­site, what time of day they vis­it­ed our web­site, whether they have vis­it­ed our web­site before, and oth­er sim­i­lar information. We use Google Ana­lyt­ics for this pur­pose. Google Ana­lyt­ics uses its own cook­ies. You can find out more infor­ma­tion about Google Ana­lyt­ics cook­ies here and about how Google pro­tects your data here. You can pre­vent the use of Google Ana­lyt­ics relat­ing to your use of our Site by down­load­ing and installing the brows­er plu­g­in avail­able here.

Tar­get­ed and Adver­tis­ing Cookies

These cook­ies track your brows­ing habits to enable us to show adver­tis­ing that is more like­ly to be of inter­est to you. These cook­ies use infor­ma­tion about your brows­ing his­to­ry to group you with oth­er users who have sim­i­lar inter­ests. Based on that infor­ma­tion, third par­ty adver­tis­ers can place cook­ies to enable them to show adver­tise­ments that we think will be rel­e­vant to your inter­ests while you are on third par­ty websites.

Social Media Cookies

These cook­ies are used when you vis­it any pub­lic Vital Podiatry page. A social net­work­ing web­site such as Face­book, Twit­ter or LinkedIn can record that you have vis­it­ed this page and could use this infor­ma­tion to serve you rel­e­vant ads that are in com­pli­ance with plat­form adver­tis­ing policies

Dis­abling cookies

If you decide at any time that you no longer wish to accept cook­ies from our Ser­vices for any of the pur­pos­es described above, then you can typ­i­cal­ly instruct your brows­er, by chang­ing its set­tings, to remove or stop accept­ing cook­ies or to prompt you before accept­ing a cook­ie from the web­sites you vis­it. In order to do this, con­sult your browser’s tech­ni­cal infor­ma­tion (instruc­tions are usu­al­ly locat­ed with­in the​“set­tings,”​“help”​“tools” or​“edit” facil­i­ty). Many browsers are set to accept cook­ies until you change your settings.

If you do not accept our cook­ies, you may expe­ri­ence some incon­ve­nience or not be able to use all por­tions of the Ser­vice or all func­tion­al­i­ty of the Service.

Pix­el tags

In addi­tion, we may use pix­el tags (also referred to as clear GIFs, web bea­cons, or web bugs) on the Ser­vice to track the actions of users on the Ser­vices. Pix­el tags are tiny graph­ic images with a unique iden­ti­fi­er, sim­i­lar in func­tion to cook­ies, which are used to track online move­ments of web users. In con­trast to cook­ies, which are stored on a user’s com­put­er hard dri­ve, pix­el tags are embed­ded invis­i­bly in web pages. Pix­el tags also allow us to send email mes­sages in a for­mat users can read, and they tell us whether emails have been opened, for exam­ple, to ensure that we are send­ing mes­sages that are of inter­est to our users. We may use this infor­ma­tion to reduce or elim­i­nate mes­sages sent to a user.

Do not track signals

Some inter­net browsers may be con­fig­ured to send​“Do Not Track” sig­nals to the online ser­vices that you vis­it. We cur­rent­ly do not respond to do not track sig­nals. To find out more about​“Do Not Track,” please vis­it www​.allaboutd​nt​.com

Sites We Link To

If you choose to use any of the links we pro­vide to providers, spon­sors, and oth­er third par­ty resources, you will be leav­ing our Ser­vice and going to a new web site. While we take care in choos­ing the con­tent and links on our web­site, we accept no lia­bil­i­ty what­so­ev­er for third par­ty sites. Pro­tec­tion of your pri­va­cy at those oth­er sites will be gov­erned by the pri­va­cy pol­i­cy at that site. We’ve tak­en spe­cial care select­ing the com­pa­nies that are acces­si­ble through our web­site to try to ensure that they respect your pri­va­cy as we do, but please take the time to read the pri­va­cy poli­cies at their sites.

Required Google Play Dis­clo­sures for Cer­tain Health Apps

Google has deter­mined that some of our mobile Ser­vices are sub­ject to their COVID-19 apps require­ments. As a result, we are required to pro­vide the fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion so we can make our mobile Ser­vices avail­able to you in the Google Play store. 

  • Our mobile Ser­vices inter­act with your micro­phone only if you choose to use your micro­phone to nav­i­gate our mobile Ser­vices. Our mobile Ser­vices inter­act with your cam­era roll only if you choose to add a pro­file pho­to to use in our mobile Ser­vices. This infor­ma­tion is NOT used in con­nec­tion with any COVID-19 response or information.
  • Our mobile Ser­vices access, col­lect, use, and share your infor­ma­tion as stat­ed herein.
  • Our mobile Ser­vices were NOT specif­i­cal­ly cre­at­ed for the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic but rather exist­ed before the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic to allow you to access your health infor­ma­tion con­ve­nient­ly and secure­ly. We may allow you access to your COVID-19 relat­ed vac­ci­na­tion infor­ma­tion, lab­o­ra­to­ry test results, and doc­u­ments along with ill­ness-relat­ed infor­ma­tion using our mobile Ser­vice con­sis­tent with our Notice of Pri­va­cy Prac­tices. You may choose if or how you want to access, dis­play, or use the infor­ma­tion – like how you can make those deci­sions about health infor­ma­tion relat­ed to oth­er con­di­tions, ser­vices, tests or vaccinations.
  • You may use our mobile Ser­vices to con­duct tele­health appoint­ments with your doc­tor. Our mobile Ser­vices only pro­vide the tech­ni­cal sup­port and plat­form for those appoint­ments to hap­pen. We do not inter­act with any health infor­ma­tion about you exchanged dur­ing any tele­health appointments.


Elec­tron­ic com­mu­ni­ca­tions pri­va­cy act notice (18 U.S.C. 2701 – 2711): vital podiatry makes no guar­an­ty of con­fi­den­tial­i­ty or pri­va­cy of any com­mu­ni­ca­tion or infor­ma­tion trans­mit­ted on the web­site or any oth­er web­site linked to the web­site. Vital podiatry will not be liable for the pri­va­cy of infor­ma­tion, e‑mail address­es, reg­is­tra­tion, and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion infor­ma­tion, disk space, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, con­fi­den­tial infor­ma­tion or trade secret infor­ma­tion, or any oth­er con­tent trans­mit­ted over net­works accessed by the web­site, or oth­er­wise con­nect­ed with your use of the website.

Contact Information

Please contact us by phone at (281) 937-4546 or by mail at 13219 Dotson Rd Suite 200, Houston, TX 77070