Bunion Removal Study

Do you have a painful bunion that needs to be removed? Jean Brown Research is currently conducting a clinical research study of an investigational pain drug given after bunion surgery.

Basic Qualifications for the Bunion Removal Study are:

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

If You Qualify for the Bunion Removal Study You May Receive:

  • Study related exam
  • Study related pain medication

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.

* To see if you qualify for the study and schedule an appointment please call 801-261-2000.

If you are interested in learning more about bunions, the causes and treatment, please read the information about bunions, courtesy of the Harvard Health website.

What Are Bunions?
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.




  • Dr. Ryan Ellsworth
  • Dr. Ryan Anderson
  • Dr. Randy Garr
  • Patients are back to work in a week if it is a desk job, 2 weeks if they are on their feet all day (but if they want to return to work even a standing job after 1 week it will not hurt them, they may just be a little more swollen).
  • 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.

Here is a video about the surgery process: Click Here


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.

Jean Brown 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 Jean Brown Research will be in contact with you to discuss your eligibility and next steps.

Bunion Study Enrollment Form

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