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Oct 7th, 2010 - afzal.zee 19 

What is the appropriate ICD for heel pain?

Please suggest me the appropriate diagonsis code to bill for heel pain. Thanks1

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Oct 7th, 2010 -

I use

plantar fasciitis since that is the most common cause of heel pain. 728.71; or you could use a pain in joint 719.4x code since the pain technically is from a joint not the heel itself

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Oct 8th, 2010 - jschmutz   323 

Heel pain

...unless the patient was having heel pain due to a undiagnosed calcaneal fracture.

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Oct 13th, 2010 - afzal.zee 19 

Appropriate ICD for heel pain

But the ICD 728.71 is use in case of physical injury or wound. May I use ICD 729.5 (Pain in limb). Is it correct? Please suggest or give an appropriate ICD to bill for heel pain (without any injury or wound). Thank you.

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Oct 13th, 2010 -

Don't sweat it

Use any of those codes- why the worry? The relative complexity of each code is equal so you are not going to trigger an audit if you pick the "wrong" one.
If it hurts, it must have been injured/damaged/inflamed even if they do not recall the specific injury.

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