Ready to remove a painful bunion?

JBR Clinical Research is conducting a clinical research study of an investigational pain drug given after bunion surgery. Space is limited, see if you qualify.

No cost bunion removal is available for qualified participants

Do you have a bunion that needs to be removed? JBR Clinical Research is conducting a clinical research study of an investigational pain drug given after a no-cost bunion surgery.

Why participate in this clinical research study?

Clinical studies are the fastest and safest way to find the effectiveness of pain medications that work – and they are only possible with the help of participants like you. Compensation varies by study and time involved, and whether you complete all visits and procedures in the study. Every volunteer study at JBR Clinical Research is approved and monitored by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to make sure the risks are as low as possible and are worth any potential benefits to the volunteer.

What to expect.

Patients that qualify for the study, may receive no cost bunion removal surgery by one of our board certified podiatrists, Dr. Ryan Ellsworth or Dr. Devin Tranter in our state of the art facility.

  • Most patients are back to work in a week if it is a desk job, 2 weeks if on their feet all day 
  • The patient does not use crutches at any time. They are encouraged to be weight baring as soon as possible. This does not cause damage to the surgery or the screws that are put in place.

Space in the bunion study is limited.  In order to be considered for the bunion study, please fill out and submit your information on the form.


Who can participate?

  • 18-80 Years of Age
  • Male or Female
  • Have a Bunion on your big toe on either foot
  • Healthy

Participants may recieve:

  • Study related exam
  • No Cost Bunion Removal
  • Study related pain medication

State of the Art Facilities

JBR Clinical Research is Utah’s premier clinical research organization. For over 30 years, we’ve helped improve the quality of life for everyone by researching new medications and treatments. Our state-of-the-art facilities are held to the highest standards of cleanliness and quality.

Board Certified Physicians

Your safety and comfort is our greatest concern. Every procedure at JBR Clinical Research is overseen  by and expert medical staff and performed by some of the most well-respected board-certified physicians in the industry, each with many years of experience in their respective specialties.

FDA Approved Procedures

Rest assured, you are not signing up for an “experimental” procedure. JBR Clinical Research only performs FDA approved procedures as if you were at any other hospital or clinic. Our research is focused on the pain medication associated with that procedure.   


What is a Bunion?

A bunion is a deformity of the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint at the base of the big toe. A bunion develops when the first metatarsal bone of the foot turns outward and the big toe points inward (toward the other toes), causing the joint to jut out.

A bunion is most likely to develop when susceptible feet are repeatedly squeezed into narrow, pointed-toe footwear. The big toe pushes against the other toes, sometimes diving over or under them. As a result, the base of the big toe — the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint — juts or angles out from the foot.

What Causes a Bunion?

Shoes with narrow toes can trigger a bunion, but they’re not the underlying cause. Bunions run in families, because foot type (shape and structure) is hereditary, and some types are more prone to bunions than others.

Low arches, flat feet, and loose joints and tendons all increase the risk. The shape of the metatarsal head (the top of the first metatarsal bone) also makes a difference: if it’s too round, the joint is less stable and more likely to deform when squeezed into shoes with narrow toes.

High heels can exacerbate a potential bunion problem because they tip the body’s weight forward, forcing the toes into the front of the shoe. This may help to explain why bunions are 10 times more common in women than in men.

People in occupations such as teaching and nursing, that involve a lot of standing and walking, are susceptible to bunions. Ballet dancers, whose feet suffer severe repetitive stress, are also amongst those who experience bunions.

Women can sometimes develop bunions and other foot problems during pregnancy because hormonal changes loosen the ligaments and flatten the feet. Bunions are also associated with arthritis, which damages the cartilage within the joint.

Why Bunions Need to be Treated

The MTP joint helps us bear and distribute weight during a range of activities. A bunion at this critical junction of bones, tendons, and ligaments can seriously impair the foot’s ability to function. A bunion on the big toe can damage the other toes. Under the pressure of the big toe, they may develop corns or become bent, forming “hammertoes”.

Toes with bunions often have nails that become ingrown. Calluses may form on the bottom of the foot. If you constantly shift your weight off the painful big toe joint to other metatarsals, you may also develop discomfort in the ball of the foot. As the misshapen joint becomes more uncomfortable and harder to fit into shoes, exercise and other activities, even walking, may become difficult.

Foot disorders are a major cause of disability and sedentary habits in older women. In a foot study that involved almost 3,000 women and men, ages 56 and older, found that women are more likely to have bunions as they get older, and the more severe their bunions are, the lower their quality of life is. Bunions pain and deformity usually interfered with daily routines and physical activity.

Bunions Removal and Treatment Options

There are multiple surgical procedures available for to treat bunions. Determining which type of bunion correction is appropriate often depends upon the severity of the bunion, the age of the patient, and deformity of the foot.

JBR Clinical Research’s bunion clinical trial offers bunion removal for participation in the study. Bunion volunteers come from all over the country, although most often volunteers come from Utah, Idaho, Colorado and Nevada. Bunion removal is free of cost to the participant, and in some cases, can include compensation for time and travel.

If you are interested in finding out if you could be a candidate for free bunion removal, please fill out the form on this page. A representative from JBR Clinical Research will be in contact with you to discuss your eligibility and next steps.


See if you qualify for this study

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