The International Classification of Diseases Tenth Revision, or ICD-10, is the latest version of a coding system that has been used as far back as 1763 to identify and classify diseases and other health problems. These diagnostic codes are used by doctors, insurance companies, hospitals, and other healthcare providers to categorize diseases and health problems for statistical and reimbursement purposes.
What is the ICD-10 code for heel pain?
There is no single ICD-10 code for heel pain because heel pain can be caused by a wide variety of conditions. Here are a few common codes that might describe your condition:
M79.673 – is the code for pain in an unspecified foot or heel.
M79.671 is the code for bilateral foot or heel pain, or pain in the right foot.
M79.672 is the code for pain in the left foot or heel.
What are the ICD-10 codes for plantar fasciitis or heel spurs?
Plantar fasciitis uses the diagnostic code M72.2. This diagnostic code applies to bilateral or unilateral plantar fasciitis, and the full name of the condition is “plantar fascial fibromatosis”. It contains annotation back-refereces to M00-M99 (diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue) and M72 (fibroblastic disorders).
Heel spurs use the code M77.30 (calcaneal spur, unspecified foot), M77.31 (right foot), and M77.32 (left foot).
The best way to learn your exact ICD-10 code is by asking your doctor. You can also search an ICD database to explore and learn more about the various codes that might fit your condition.
Why are ICD-10 codes important?
ICD-10 codes are standardized diagnostic codes, and they are primarily used in health insurance. As a consumer, you might need to report the ICD-10 code of your heel pain if you went to a doctor or specialist and are submitting a reimbursement request to your insurance company. On the medical side, ICD-10 codes are also used in tracking health care statistics, quality outcomes, and mortality numbers.
Common treatments and remedies for heel pain
Heel pain often resolves on its own over time, or with home remedies like stretching, icing, and resting. Orthotic inserts are another common way to support heel pain and can help cushion and realign the foot. If you have tried conservative at-home treatments, doctors are likely to recommend medical options like steroid injections, ESWT, or radiation therapy. If your heel pain persists for a year or longer and your medical provider has exhausted treatment options, they may eventually recommend surgery.