“What would be the best code or codes to represent an acute, ruptured plantar fascia?"
A rupture of the plantar fascia can occur in 2 fashions, traumatic and atraumatic or spontaneous.
For an atraumatic or spontaneous rupture of the plantar fascia, the most appropriate ICD-10-CM codes would be the following:
M66.871 Spontaneous rupture of other tendons, right ankle and foot
M66.872 Spontaneous rupture of other tendons, left ankle and foot
For a traumatic rupture of the plantar fascia, the most appropriate ICD-10-CM codes would be the following:
S96.811 Strain of other specified muscles and tendons at ankle and foot level, right foot
S96.812 Strain of other specified muscles and tendons at ankle and foot level, left foot
Due to the fact that is a traumatic injury, a 7th character is needed to appropriately complete the above, two ICD-10-CM codes for specificity.
*** Use Non-Fracture Seventh Character Codes:
A = Initial encounter and treatment
D = Subsequent encounter
S = Sequela
This is my opinion.
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