ICD-10 Diagnosis Code M21.612

Bunion of left foot

Diagnosis Code M21.612

ICD-10: M21.612
Short Description: Bunion of left foot
Long Description: Bunion of left foot
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code M21.612

Valid for Submission
The code M21.612 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)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code M21.612 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V34.0)

  • 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

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Replacement Code Additional informationCallout TooltipReplacement Code
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has published an update to the ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes which became effective October 1, 2017. This is a new and revised code for the FY 2018 (October 1, 2017-September 30, 2018).

This code replaces the following previously assigned ICD-10 code(s) listed below:
  • M20.12 - Hallux valgus (acquired), left foot


Information for Patients


Toe Injuries and Disorders

Fourteen of the 26 bones in your feet are in your toes. The toes, particularly your big toe, help you move and keep your balance. Playing sports, running, stubbing your toe, and dropping something on your foot can damage your toes. Wearing shoes that are too loose or too tight can also cause toe problems. Certain diseases, such as severe arthritis, can cause toe problems and pain. Gout often causes pain in the big toe.

Common toe problems include

  • Corns and bunions
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains and dislocations
  • Fractures

Treatments for toe injuries and disorders vary. They might include shoe inserts or special shoes, padding, taping, medicines, rest, and in severe cases, surgery.

  • Broken toe - self care (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Bunion removal (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Bunions (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Clubbing of the fingers or toes (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Hammer toe (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Hammer toe repair (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Hammer toe repair - discharge (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Polydactyly (Medical Encyclopedia)


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