2021 ICD-10-CM Code M12.579

Traumatic arthropathy, unspecified ankle and foot

Version 2021
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Unspecified Code
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Valid for Submission

M12.579 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of traumatic arthropathy, unspecified ankle and foot. The code M12.579 is valid during the fiscal year 2021 from October 01, 2020 through September 30, 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

The ICD-10-CM code M12.579 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like traumatic arthropathy of 1st metatarsophalangeal joint, traumatic arthropathy of interphalangeal joint of toe, traumatic arthropathy of lesser metatarsophalangeal joint, traumatic arthropathy of subtalar joint, traumatic arthropathy of talonavicular joint , traumatic arthropathy of the ankle and/or foot, etc.

Unspecified diagnosis codes like M12.579 are acceptable when clinical information is unknown or not available about a particular condition. Although a more specific code is preferable, unspecified codes should be used when such codes most accurately reflect what is known about a patient's condition. Specific diagnosis codes should not be used if not supported by the patient's medical record.

ICD-10:M12.579
Short Description:Traumatic arthropathy, unspecified ankle and foot
Long Description:Traumatic arthropathy, unspecified ankle and foot

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Approximate Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

Convert M12.579 to ICD-9 Code

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Information for Patients


Ankle Injuries and Disorders

Your ankle bone and the ends of your two lower leg bones make up the ankle joint. Your ligaments, which connect bones to one another, stabilize and support it. Your muscles and tendons move it.

The most common ankle problems are sprains and fractures. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments. It may take a few weeks to many months to heal completely. A fracture is a break in a bone. You can also injure other parts of the ankle such as tendons, which join muscles to bone, and cartilage, which cushions your joints. Ankle sprains and fractures are common sports injuries.


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Foot Injuries and Disorders

Each of your feet has 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. No wonder a lot of things can go wrong. Here are a few common problems:

Ill-fitting shoes often cause these problems. Aging and being overweight also increase your chances of having foot problems.


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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)