ICD-10 Diagnosis Code M21.072

Valgus deformity, not elsewhere classified, left ankle

Diagnosis Code M21.072

ICD-10: M21.072
Short Description: Valgus deformity, not elsewhere classified, left ankle
Long Description: Valgus deformity, not elsewhere classified, left ankle
This is the 2019 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code M21.072

Valid for Submission
The code M21.072 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Other joint disorders (M20-M25)
      • Other acquired deformities of limbs (M21)
Version 2019 Billable Code

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code M21.072 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V35.0)

  • 564 - OTHER MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE DIAGNOSES WITH MCC
  • 565 - OTHER MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE DIAGNOSES WITH CC
  • 566 - OTHER MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE DIAGNOSES WITHOUT CC/MCC

Convert to ICD-9
  • 736.79 - Acq ankle-foot def NEC (Approximate Flag)

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.

  • Ankle arthroscopy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ankle fracture - aftercare (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ankle pain (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ankle replacement (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ankle sprain - aftercare (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Foot, leg, and ankle swelling (Medical Encyclopedia)

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ICD-10 Footnotes

General Equivalence Map Definitions
The ICD-10 and ICD-9 GEMs are used to facilitate linking between the diagnosis codes in ICD-9-CM and the new ICD-10-CM code set. The GEMs are the raw material from which providers, health information vendors and payers can derive specific applied mappings to meet their needs.

  • Approximate Flag - The approximate flag is on, indicating that the relationship between the code in the source system and the code in the target system is an approximate equivalent.
  • No Map Flag - The no map flag indicates that a code in the source system is not linked to any code in the target system.
  • Combination Flag - The combination flag indicates that more than one code in the target system is required to satisfy the full equivalent meaning of a code in the source system.

Present on Admission
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