ICD-10-CM Code M70.97

Unspecified soft tissue disorder related to use, overuse and pressure of ankle and foot

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

M70.97 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of unspecified soft tissue disorder related to use, overuse and pressure of ankle and foot. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:M70.97
Short Description:Unsp soft tissue disorder related to use/pressure of ank/ft
Long Description:Unspecified soft tissue disorder related to use, overuse and pressure of ankle and foot

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • M70.971 - Unspecified soft tissue disorder related to use, overuse and pressure, right ankle and foot
  • M70.972 - Unspecified soft tissue disorder related to use, overuse and pressure, left ankle and foot
  • M70.979 - Unspecified soft tissue disorder related to use, overuse and pressure, unspecified ankle and foot

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code M70.97 are found in the index:


Code Classification

  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (M00–M99)
    • Other soft tissue disorders (M70-M79)
      • Soft tissue disorders related to use, overuse and pressure (M70)

Code History

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

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:

  • Bunions - hard, painful bumps on the big toe joint
  • Corns and calluses - thickened skin from friction or pressure
  • Plantar warts - warts on the soles of your feet
  • Fallen arches - also called flat feet

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


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